The most talked-about news in the cryptocurrency community in the last few days came from the largest video giant, Youtube.
Without prior notice, the giant started banning and removing crypto-related videos due to “harmful” content. Still, according to YouTube, it’s not a crypto ban, rather a ‘mistake’, and everything should be restored.
Youtube’s Reasoning Behind The Crypto Purge
As CryptoPotato reported two days ago, YouTube started marking cryptocurrency-related channels. Among the channels got affected were Chris Dunn TV, The Moon, Crypto Zombie, Ivan on Tech, and Nugget’s News. All of which are among the most popular crypto channels.
While some got penalized or ‘struck,’ which means they can’t publish any new content for seven days, others got their videos removed from the video platform.
The situation continued to escalate within the following day and even received an unofficial name – Youtube’s crypto purge. With so many affected influencers, the community started speculating on different possible theories on why this could be happening.
Even though Youtube didn’t offer an official explanation at first, some people thought that it’s trying to censor the community by banning Bitcoin and other digital assets.
However, after long anticipation, YouTube finally responded to the case: “This was an error on our side during the review process – your video should be reinstated and strikes resolved.”, according to YouTube’s official Twitter account.
Hey there, this was an error on our side during the review process – your video should be reinstated and strikes resolved. Let us know if you’re seeing otherwise!
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) December 26, 2019
Crypto Videos (Not Yet) Been Restored
Following YouTube’s official response, the channels are slowly recovering. While some YouTubers admit their videos are getting restored, others said their videos are still missing.
Chris Dunn was probably the first affected crypto influencer, having videos removed due to “harmful or dangerous content.” Now, he also acknowledges the possible change of heart from the Google-owned platform, saying that a few of his videos have been restored, but dozens more are still missing, as of writing these lines.
Concluding this bizarre event, there are some leftover questions. The most important one is whether this act was made on purpose, by some YouTube employee who doesn’t really like Bitcoin.