YouTube’s weird attitude to crypto

According to Cointelegraph, YouTubers posting cryptocurrency livestreams are being threatened again. Sunny Decree, a crypto YouTuber recently saw his livestream cut short by YouTube, with the platform stating the video had violated its “harmful and dangerous policy.”

Sunny Decree, who is based in Switzerland, and posts in both English and German, tweeted on 5th September that YouTube had stopped his latest livestream on his English language channel, “and warned him a second offence would result in a one-week suspension of service for livestreaming, uploading, and posting.”

This is not the first time that he has been targeted by the video-sharing platform. In December 2019 the platform began aggressively deleting videos with crypto-related content, although YouTube claimed this had been a mistake, and repealed the warnings it had sent to numerous crypto YouTubers. Decree, who has 123,000 followers was one of those affected, and it would appear that high-profile channels were the main target.

Although YouTube said its 2019 action was an ‘error’, it has continued to “target a number of crypto-related channels, seemingly in response to the fake ‘crypto giveaway’ scam videos that are periodically posted.”

In June it banned the account run by Roger Ver for “basically no reason,” as Ver sees it. YouTube said the channel was “a violation of YouTube’s Terms of Service.” Again, the channel was restored and YouTube said it was an ‘error,’ yet again.

Cointelegraph has also had similar problems with YouTube’s strange attitude towards cryptocurrency. It reports, “The platform suddenly pulled the plug on Cointelegraph’s Bitcoin Halving livestream in May and cut the July 15 livestream coverage on the infamous Twitter hack short.”

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