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YouTube Calls Crypto Purge an error but Many Videos Still Missing

Responding to allegations it had intentionally deleted content from cryptocurrency education channels ChrisDunnTV, Crypto Tips, BTC Sessions et al. in what apparently amounted to many missing videos, the spokesperson said YouTube made “the wrong call.”

“With the huge volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the incorrect call. When it’s delivered to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it. We also offer uploaders the power to appeal removals and that we will re-review the content,” the spokesperson said. YouTube has issued near-identical statements after previous inadvertent video purges.

The spokesperson further stated YouTube has not changed any policies associated with cryptocurrency videos.

In spite of this, some YouTubers claim their deleted videos remain inaccessible. Chris Dunn, who runs an investment education channel with 200,000 subscribers and a multi-year video library, says the purge has actually gotten worse since he successfully appealed his deletions.

“Today, YouTube not only took down the videos that they reinstated yesterday, but they took down a minimum of one other video that they’d never taken down before,” Dunn said.

At press time variety of videos are still missing from Dunn’s channel et al. that CoinDesk directly asked YouTube about, like Crypto Tips. YouTube has not yet skilled follow-up questions.

The conflicting statements are bound to increase the furious speculation over why YouTube deleted the videos within the first place. Multiple theories abound. Dunn said he has no idea why it occurred – not all of his deleted videos had to try to to with crypto – but said it might be the work of somebody “maliciously reporting” him et al. or, perhaps, faulty video-flagging AI.

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[email protected] just removed most of my crypto videos citing “harmful or dangerous content” and “sale of regulated goods”… it has been 10 years of creating videos, 200k+ subs, and 7M+ views. WTF are you guys doing @TeamYouTube?!

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Dunn said YouTube flagged videos as “harmful or dangerous content” and therefore the “sale of regulated goods.” Dunn told CoinDesk he doesn’t sell products on his channel and doesn’t monetize his videos with ads.

Regardless of the whether the purge was intentional or not, Dunn said he and other content creators have noticed YouTube target content it deems objectionable to itself or its advertisers.

He pointed to YouTube’s demonetization of violent political videos, like footage of the Hong Kong protests, and its recent terms of service update, which features a throwaway account termination clause with potentially far-reaching ramifications.

“YouTube may terminate your access, or your Google account’s access to all or any or a part of the Service if YouTube believes, in its sole discretion, that provision of the Service to you is not any longer commercially viable,” the Dec. 10 ToS update reads.

Dunn said he interprets that to mean YouTube can terminate creators who don’t make it money.

He told CoinDesk he’s seriously considering walking faraway from YouTube altogether. Contacted for extra comment Thursday, Dunn said he had a goodbye video able to go and was only expecting things to clear up.

Dunn’s plan, if he invokes that nuclear option is to maneuver his content to “decentralized

platforms” where no single entity exerts commercial control.

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