Bitcoin Magazine’s YouTube channel was reopened within three hours of being closed. The publication attributed the brief ban to the YouTube algorithm that flagged the word “Kazakhstan”
Bitcoin Magazine posted Jan. 12 on Twitter that its YouTube account, which has 56,600 followers, was suspended in the middle a livestream without any warning.
“Our @YouTube account with 60,000 followers was just BANNED midstream without warning. DELETED. DELETED. When will the aggression against #Bitcoin content cease?”
The livestream focused on Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey as well as Bitcoin (BTC), mining, and the recent internet blackout that occurred in Kazakhstan. This was apparently initiated by the government to address protests against rising fuel prices.
Bitcoin Magazine said it was not certain what YouTube used to ban its channel. However, it confirmed that the account had been restored within an hour of it submitting an appeal. This suggests that Youtube has learned its lesson.
Alex Mcshane, the host, noted in a live broadcast that the panel was discussing internet blackout’s effects on BTC mining hashrate without saying anything controversial but was using “algorithmically & politically charged words” which could have caused the automatic shutdown.
“I want to talk about what happened, […], I was talking about a politically charged country that begins with a K.”
Bitcoin Magazine shared an earlier post today highlighting YouTube’s initial response regarding the ban. The Google-owned platform stated that content that encourages illegal activity or incites users against YouTube’s guidelines was not permitted.
The response stated that they may allow depictions of these activities as long as they are educational or documentary and don’t encourage others to imitate them.
YouTube’s content policy being inapplicable, YouTube searches still show multiple live streams that use the identities and video content popular figures like MicroStrategy’s Michael Saylor for promotion of dodgy websites or “crypto giveaway” scams.
Either Michael Saylor streams a lot or there are some dodgy vids: YouTube
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User u/Setl1less commented on the ban in r/CryptoCurrency’s subreddit. He said that YouTube has made it a practice of taking down important informative accounts while allowing scammers to operate free.