Don’t mention ‘K’ country: Bitcoin Magazine’s YouTube restored after ban

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

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

“Our
@YouTube
with
60,000
followers
just
got
BANNED
mid-livestream
with
no
warning.
DELETED.
When
will
the
aggression
against
#Bitcoin
content
end?”

The
livestream
was
focused
on
topics
relating
to
Elon
Musk,
Jack
Dorsey,
Bitcoin
(BTC)
mining
and
the
recent

internet
blackout
in
Kazakhstan

that
was
reportedly
initiated
by
the
government
in
response
to
mass
protests
over
surging
fuel
prices
in
the
nation.

Bitcoin
Magazine
stated
it
wasn’t
entirely
sure
what
grounds
YouTube
had
used
to
ban
its
channel,
but
did

confirm

that
its
account
had
been
restored
an
hour
after
it
had
submitted
an
appeal,
suggesting
that
Youtube
had
realized
its
error.

In
a
live
broadcast
after
the
reinstatement,
host
Alex
Mcshane
noted
that
the
panel
was
discussing
the
internet
blackout’s

effect
on
the
BTC
mining

hash
rate
without
saying
anything
controversial,
but
was
using
a
set
of
“algorithmically
and
politically
charged
words”
which
may
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
also
shared
a
post
earlier
today
noting
the
initial
response
from
YouTube
regarding
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
policy,
current
searches
on
YouTube
still
yield
results
showing
multiple
live
streams
using
the
identity
and
video
content
of
popular
figures
such
as
MicroStrategy’s
Michael
Saylor
to
promote
dodgy
websites
and
supposed
“crypto
giveaway”
scams.


Either
Michael
Saylor
does
a
lot
of
live
streams
or
some
vids
are
dodgy:
YouTube



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Key
on-chain
metric
shows
Bitcoin
miners
in
‘massive’
BTC
accumulation
mode

Commenting
on
the

ban

in
the
r/CryptoCurrency
subreddit,
user
u/Setl1less
highlighted
the
hypocrisy,
arguing
that
“Youtube
has
made
it
a
habit
of
taking
down
prominent
informative
accounts”
while
allowing

scams
to
operate
freely
.

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