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US Sides Against Google in Consequential Social Media Case

  • Justice Department urges liability for social media algorithms
  • Lawsuit blames YouTube for publishing terrorist propaganda

The Biden administration told the US Supreme Court that social media companies in some cases can be held liable for promoting harmful speech, partially siding with a family seeking to sue Alphabet Inc.’s Google over a terrorist attack.

In a Supreme Court filing on Wednesday night, the Justice Department argued that social media websites should be held responsible for some of the ways their algorithms decide what content to put in front of users.