Altcoin Daily, a Crypto-focused YouTube channel run by the Arnolds brothers, was shut down by YouTube on Friday after violating their community guidelines of producing content that encourages illegal activities.
Content creators Aaron and Austin Arnolds tweeted that YouTube took down their channel after violating one of the platform’s community policies. These two addressed the allegations by sending an appeal to YouTube and by encouraging their 27,700 followers on Twitter to reach out to YouTube and request to have them reinstated by using the hashtag #FreeAltcoinDaily. The two were firm to stand that their news/opinion channel has never promoted any forms of illegal activities that may harm its 214,000 subscribers. As of press time, Altcoin Daily is back to being accessible to its subscribers after YouTube reversed its decision.
The popular video-sharing platform has aggressively purged cryptocurrency-related channels since last year, citing its algorithms sometimes make erroneous calls, but content creators say otherwise. March this year YouTube released a statement to its content creators that there will be an increase in video removals as a new measure to be taken during this pandemic. The company also stated that they will rely more on technology to help with ‘work’ usually being done by human reviewers.
Crypto-focused sites, the likes of ChrisDunnTV, Crypto Tips, and BTC Sessions, with hundreds of subscribers reported that Youtube took down their videos and reinstated some of it after they send in their appeal. A news-focused website with over 40,000 subscribers and an official cryptocurrency channel, Bitcoin.com has had a similar experience regarding YouTube’s “erroneously purging” cryptocurrency education content from its platform. The said channel was shut down in June because it allegedly violates YouTube’s Terms of Service and later on restored after two days.