The video-sharing platform YouTube deleted the channel of Anthony’Pomp’ Pompliano, which had 251,000 subscribers, and then restored it. Anthony Pompliano is the co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital and the host of The Pomp podcast.
Bitcoin bull Pompliano is known for his interviews with skeptics and others for crypto education. On October 11, Pompliano stated in an update on his Twitter account that he had received a message from YouTube stating that he A recent live interview with PlanB, the creator of the S2F model, encouraged “illegal activity.” Pompliano’s entire channel was inaccessible, and it was restored to the platform after about two hours, and the public can watch all the videos about BTC and cryptocurrencies.
Pomp said: “YouTube first stated that the content of the interview about Bitcoin was harmful and dangerous. Then they said I would receive a warning, but then I received a second email saying that the channel would be blocked in a few seconds. delete.”
According to Pomp, he did not receive a “warning”—a violation of YouTube’s Community Guidelines; receiving three warnings within 90 days would result in a channel being permanently deleted—and the video did not appear to contain any suspicious content. However, the platform’s guidelines state that it has the right to delete channels that “have a serious incident of abuse,” or channels that focus on accounts of hate speech, harassment, or impersonation.
YouTube has previously targeted encryption-related content on the platform, and its algorithm flags videos about BTC and other cryptocurrencies as “harmful content” and allows reviewers to evaluate the reasons for any appeals. In the Pomp incident, he was able to get the attention of the YouTube support team on Twitter within a few minutes-probably because he had a verified account and 1.1 million followers. However, other encrypted content creators report that their channels have been waiting for several days after similar terminations.
The account of a major player in the encryption field appears to have been arbitrarily deleted, which highlights the danger of relying on centralized platforms such as YouTube. Last week, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp all went offline for about 6 hours, which may affect the community’s participation in cryptocurrency and blockchain projects.
In addition, YouTube has been receiving attention for trying to eliminate videos related to false health information surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. In August of this year, the platform stated that since February 2020, more than 1 million videos “related to dangerous new coronavirus information” have been deleted.