YouTube, a video sharing platform, removed the 251,000-subscriber YouTube channel of Anthony Pompliano (co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital, host of The Pomp Podcast), before later restoring it.
Pompliano, a Bitcoin (BTC), bull, posted an Oct. 11 update to his Twitter account. He said that he received a message on YouTube alleging that a livestreamed interview with PlanB, the stock-to-flow creator, encouraged “illegal actions.” All videos on BTC, and crypto, were returned to Pompliano’s channel for approximately two hours.
Pomp stated, “YouTube first stated that the content was a Bitcoin interview. “They said that we would be struck, but I then received an email stating that the channel was being removed seconds later.”
Pomp stated that he had not received any “strikes,” which are violations of YouTube’s community guidelines. Three strikes in less than 90 days can lead to a channel’s permanent removal. The video also appeared to have no questionable content. The platform’s guidelines say that it can remove accounts for “a single instance of severe abuse” and accounts that contain hate speech, harassment or impersonation.
YouTube had previously targeted crypto-related content. YouTube’s algorithms labeled videos on BTC or other cryptocurrencies “harmful content” and left human reviewers to evaluate appeal grounds. Pomp was able to attract the attention of YouTube’s support staff on Twitter in minutes, likely because he has 1.1 million followers and a verified account. Others have reported that they waited days to get their channels terminated.
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This seemingly random removal of the account from a major player within the crypto space highlights the dangers of relying solely on YouTube. Last week, Facebook and WhatsApp were offline for approximately six hours. This likely disrupted community engagement about crypto and blockchain projects.
YouTube is also in the news for trying to remove misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic. YouTube claimed that it had removed over 1 million videos “related to dangerous coronavirus info” since February 2020.