Apple, Meta, Google argue they’re not ‘bookies’ in casino app appeal

Apple, Meta, Google argue they’re not ‘bookies’ in casino app appeal

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  • Alison Frankel, Reuters
July 27, 2023 9:36 PM
  • Alison Frankel, Reuters
  • United States

Apple, Meta and Google warned the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week that if online platforms can be held liable for processing users’ purchases of virtual chips sold by casino game apps, the entire internet economy could be at risk.

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The platforms are appealing a 2022 ruling from U.S. District Judge Edward Davila of San Jose, California, that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which immunizes online publishers for hosting third-party content, does not shield the sites from claims that they essentially acted as “bookies” by facilitating (and collecting a commission on) purchases of virtual chips for use in online casino games.