The video sharing platform YouTube removed the 251,000 subscriber channel of Anthony ‘Pomp’ Pompliano, co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital and host of The Pomp Podcast, before it was later restored.
In an October 11 update on his Twitter account, Pompliano – a Bitcoin (BTC) bull known for his interviews enlightening skeptics and others about crypto – called He received a message from YouTube claiming that a recent live-streamed interview with the creator of the stock-to-flow model, PlanB, encouraged “illegal activity”. Pompliano’s entire channel was unavailable for about two hours before being brought back to the platform, with all of the videos related to BTC and crypto being visible to the public.
“[YouTube] first stated that the content, an interview about Bitcoin, was harmful and dangerous. ” called Pomp. “They then said we were going to get a warning, but then I got a second email saying the channel would be deleted seconds later.”
According to pomp he had receive no “strikes” – violations of YouTube Community Guidelines; Three warnings within 90 days can result in a channel being permanently removed – and the video apparently had no questionable content or anything else. However, the platform’s policies state that it has the right to remove channels for “a single case of serious abuse” or for accounts dedicated to content such as hate speech, harassment or identity theft.
YouTube had previously targeted crypto-related content on the platform, with its algorithms labeling videos on BTC and other cryptocurrencies as “harmful content” and leaving it to human reviewers to investigate grounds of appeal. In Pomp’s case, he could Attention of the YouTube support team on Twitter within minutes – likely due to their 1.1 million followers and verified account. However, other crypto content creators have reported waiting for days after their channels were similarly shut down.
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The seemingly arbitrary removal of a major player’s account in the crypto space underscores the risk of relying on a centralized platform like YouTube. Last week, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp went offline for about six hours, which likely disrupted community engagement around crypto and blockchain projects.
Additionally, YouTube has been the focus of attention for attempting to clean up videos related to health misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In August, the platform announced that it had removed more than one million videos “related to dangerous coronavirus information” since February 2020.