- The ban on cryptocurrency-related videos on YouTube seems to have been lifted only a few hours after the installation.
- Those responsible at YouTube explained that it was a “mistake” that is now being reversed.
Even a video by the Ethereum inventor, Vitalik Buterin, was filtered as “harmful or dangerous content” and subsequently deleted. As Buterin stated on Twitter, the decision was “just…weird” before adding: “Looks like we need alternatives to YouTube”.
According to new tweets from the affected YouTubers, the ban does not seem to have lasted long. As various affected persons have stated, YouTube has admitted that the crypto-related content was accidentally deleted. The platform has told Boxmining and other YouTubers that the videos will be restored immediately.
— Boxmining (@boxmining) December 27, 2019
Omar Bhan, another prominent YouTuber, received the following response from YouTube:
We are glad that you see that your videos are available again! This was an error on our site during the review process – the strike should be resumed and fixed. The Policy Team is actively working on the remaining affected channels. Thanks for your patience!
However, YouTube does not seem to have unlocked all channels and restored their videos yet. Chris Dunn explained that some videos are still missing. He also said that he himself has not yet received a reply from YouTube.
5/ Just noticed today's new strike is gone and a FEW videos are back (but dozens are still missing).
— Chris Dunn (@ChrisDunnTV) December 26, 2019
Although most crypto-related content has been reintroduced, many YouTubers have expressed a strong urge to switch to blockchain-based platforms to share content. The founder and CEO of Binance, CZ, tweeted that this is a good example of a short-term setback, but probably a good long-term one. People will develop new platforms with more freedom and create and post content there.
This is a good example of a short term setback, but probably good in the long term. Will let new platforms emerge with better freedom.
People will create content and post them elsewhere. https://t.co/ri5J1FNjyg
— CZ Binance (@cz_binance) December 26, 2019
The CEO and founder of TRON, Justin Sun, took the opportunity to also tweet to encourage people to post content via the BitTorrent file system and BitTorrent.
MetaMask is kicked out of Google’s Play Store
But as MetaMask revealed yesterday, Google is currently active not only on YouTube to ban cryptocurrency-related content, but also in the Google Play Store. The Ethereum wallet and DApp browser, MetaMask, has been removed from the Android Store with a notice citing the ban on mining software. MetaMask raised its voice on Twitter and compared the ban to the crypto purge on YouTube.
In the last week, the MetaMask Android client was suspended by the Google Play App Store @googleplaydev. They cited their policy that bans mining on mobile, which we don't. Appeal rejected. #ProtectWeb3.https://t.co/rfP4EbOAqv!?zippy_activeEl=cryptocurrencies%23cryptocurrencies
— MetaMask (@metamask_io) December 26, 2019
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Google’s relationship with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has been strained for quite some time. The company had already introduced a ban on Bitcoin, Initial Coin Offerings and other cryptocurrency related ads in the summer of 2018. After three months, however, the ban was at least partially lifted.