The YouTube video-sharing platform has removed the 251,000 subscriber channel of Anthony Pompliano, co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital and host Bomb Podcast, before it can be retrieved later.
In an update Monday on his Twitter account, Pompliano – a Bitcoin (BTC) bull known for his interviews for educating skeptics and others about cryptocurrency – He said He received a letter from YouTube claiming that a recent live interview with Stock-to-flow model creator PlanB encouraged “illegal activities”. The entire Pompliano channel was unavailable for about two hours before it was brought back to the platform, with all videos on BTC and cryptocurrency being shown to the public.
“[YouTube] He first stated that the content, an interview on Bitcoin, was malicious and dangerous,” He said Pomplano. “They then mentioned that we would receive a fine, but then I got a second email saying the channel was deleted seconds later.”
According to Pompliano, he had Received No “Violations” – violations of YouTube’s Community Guidelines; Three warnings within 90 days can result in permanent removal of the channel – the video does not appear to contain any suspicious content or otherwise. However, the platform’s guidelines state that it has the right to remove channels for “one case of serious breach” or accounts designated for content including hate speech, harassment or impersonation.
YouTube has previously targeted crypto-related content on the platform, with its algorithms classifying videos on BTC and other cryptocurrencies as “harmful content,” leaving human reviewers to assess any grounds for appeal. In the case of Pompliano, he was able to obtain Attention From the YouTube Support Team on Twitter in a matter of minutes – likely due to 1.1 million followers and verified accounts. However, other crypto creators have reported waiting days after their channels similarly terminated.
Related: Creators who are tired of YouTube now have a compelling alternative
The seemingly arbitrary removal of the account of a major player in the crypto space highlights the danger of relying on a central platform like YouTube. Last week, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp went offline for about six hours, likely disrupting community engagement around crypto and blockchain projects.
Additionally, YouTube has been in the center of attention for trying to cleanse health misinformation videos about the COVID-19 pandemic. In August, the platform said it had removed more than 1 million videos “related to dangerous information about the coronavirus” since February 2020.