Bitcoin Magazine’s YouTube restored after ban

Bitcoin Magazine’s YouTube channel was restored round three hours after being shut down, with the publication attributing the brief ban to the YouTube algorithm flagging the phrase “Kazakhstan.”

In a Jan. 12 Twitter publish, Bitcoin Magazine famous that its YouTube account with 56,600 followers was banned in the midst of a livestream with no prior warning from the platform.

“Our @YouTube with 60,000 followers simply received BANNED mid-livestream with no warning. DELETED. When will the aggression in opposition to #Bitcoin content material finish?”

The livestream was centered on subjects referring to Elon Musk, Jack Dorsey, Bitcoin (BTC) mining and the current web blackout in Kazakhstan that was reportedly initiated by the federal government in response to mass protests over surging gasoline costs within the nation.

Bitcoin Magazine said it wasn’t solely positive what grounds YouTube had used to ban its channel, however did confirm that its account had been restored an hour after it had submitted an attraction, suggesting that Youtube had realized its error.

In a reside broadcast after the reinstatement, host Alex Mcshane famous that the panel was discussing the web blackout’s impact on the BTC mining hash fee with out saying something controversial, however was utilizing a set of “algorithmically and politically charged words” which can have triggered the automated shutdown:

“I wanna talk about what happened, without triggering it again […], we were talking about a certain politically charged country that starts with a ‘K’.”

Bitcoin Magazine additionally shared a publish earlier at present noting the preliminary response from YouTube relating to the ban, with the Google-owned platform stating that “content that encourages illegal activities or incites users to violate YouTube’s guidelines is not allowed.”

“We may allow depictions of such activities if they are educational or documentary in nature and don’t help others imitate them,” the response added.

Despite its content material coverage, present searches on YouTube nonetheless yield outcomes exhibiting a number of reside streams utilizing the identification and video content material of fashionable figures resembling MicroStrategy’s Michael Saylor to advertise dodgy web sites and supposed “crypto giveaway” scams.

Either Michael Saylor does a variety of reside streams or some vids are dodgy: YouTube

Related: Key on-chain metric reveals Bitcoin miners in ‘massive’ BTC accumulation mode

Commenting on the ban within the r/CryptoCurrency subreddit, consumer u/Setl1less highlighted the hypocrisy, arguing that “Youtube has made it a habit of taking down prominent informative accounts” whereas permitting scams to function freely.