YouTube Restores Banned Bitcoin Videos after Community Backlash

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YouTube today restored thousands of bitcoin videos after banning them earlier this week over “harmful or dangerous content.”

The video streaming giant clarified that they made a “wrong call” when threatening the Crypto YouTube ecosystem. Noting that they had mistakenly removed certain videos, the platform ensured that it would reinstate them all quickly.

“With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call,” a YouTube spokesman stated. “When it’s brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it.”

So it appears, some bitcoin videos got back online. Noted cryptocurrency analyst the Crypto Lark, who was among the affected YouTubers, announced today that YouTube has restored his 300 videos.

“Strike removed and nearly 300 videos restored on YT, looks like we are back in business, time to talk about crypto on the internet again,” the thinktank said on Twitter.

Other leading bitcoin Youtubers also confirmed getting their videos back online. Omar Bham, who oversees cryptocurrency podcast channel, tweeted:

Online journalist Sunny Decree also confirmed the same, tweeting that YouTube has lifted his ban.

The YouTube spokesperson noted that its content policy towards bitcoin and cryptocurrencies remain neutral. He also confirmed that channels whose videos were affected in the mistaken crackdown would not face any penalty.

The Issue that Started it All

Hundreds of YouTube videos concerning bitcoin received notice from YouTube this week that they all were in breach of their terms and conditions. The streaming giant accused channel partners of showing harmful or illegal content, which eventually led to a mass paranoia across the cryptocurrency community.

Alex Saunders, the CEO & Founder of Nugget News, was among the most affected YouTubers. He called out on the media portal for negligence, saying that he did not even receive an email from YouTube regarding his videos’ removal.

The bitcoin ban also led to theories about government cracking down on crypto media. Some even wondered if or not YouTube was starting its own crypto news channel.

So it appears, the issue went to bed after the YouTube spokesperson clarified the mistake. Nevertheless, it left the cryptocurrency community with questions of whether or not they should start looking elsewhere to host bitcoin video content.

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