Several crypto-related videos have been removed from the YouTube channels of crypto influencers. Although there is no official information provided by YouTube, reports appear that few users flagged crypto videos, resulting in the removal of videos from YouTuber’s respective channels.
With owning 200,000 subscribers, Curis Dunn who is a veteran crypto investor and influencer lost most of his videos recently. He claims that the largest video sharing platform YouTube without prior notice has deleted some of his videos, citing “harmful or dangerous content” and “sale of regulated goods”. As per Chirs, he has been making videos for the last 10 years, few of which were crypto-centric. According to Chris, YouTube apparently removed his crypto-concerning videos which reportedly obtain over 7 million views.
.@YouTube just removed most of my crypto videos citing "harmful or dangerous content" and "sale of regulated goods"… it's been 10 years of making videos, 200k+ subs, and 7M+ views. WTF are you guys doing @TeamYouTube?! pic.twitter.com/MPcKbBVrC4
— Chris Dunn (@ChrisDunnTV) December 23, 2019
Chris is certainly not the only Youtuber, other YouTubers including Node Investor also reported a similar issue. Node Investor is the market updates and technical analysis channel for crypto which tweeted a screenshot of the message it has received from YouTube. Per the tweet, the message reads “Your content violated YouTube’s community guidelines and has been removed”.
Merry Christmas to you also @YouTube. Apparently a video I posted two years ago on researching crypto’s is now illegal…Rules are changing pic.twitter.com/GdGqR3RVOw
— Node Investor 🕊🙏🌎 (@NodeInvestor) December 23, 2019
While YouTubers lost their crypto-centric videos, they are hunting for the best possible alternative, perhaps a decentralized platform. Echoing a similar concern, Chris writes “a lesson learned”. He went on to say that this is a clear example of why we need to decentralize the web”. In fact, few suggested 3Speak. online, DTube, Uptrennd, Storyfireapp were the few decentralized media platform suggested by the crypto community.
Undeniably, YouTube has become the most popular platform for advertisers, content creators and creative thinkers from the wide-ranging industries at large. However, YouTube hasn’t specifically mentioned if any specific industry is violating their guidelines, it has provided information via email, noting that they have banned for a week or longer and the removal of selected videos alongside citing “harmful or dangerous, the sale of regulated goods” as reasons.
While the reasons behind YouTube’s action remained unknown, it may largely due to a group mass-flagging crypto-centric videos.