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Huge number of reports on social media about a new YouTube ban on cryptocurrency content.  Entire channels have been removed and comments mentioning bitcoin and other currencies are being blocked for violating TOS for illicit items.  Channel owners are challenging bans but isnt clear how it will shake out. Should get clarification from Alphabet after holidays.

Cryptocurrency influencers speak out on youtube deleting crypto related content

YouTube, one of the most popular social media platforms for video sharing, has aggressively started deleting cryptocurrency-related content from some of the biggest influencers in the industry.

Based on Twitter and Reddit threads, YouTube suddenly began deleting a number of cryptocurrency videos on Dec. 23.

YouTuber Chris Dunn, whose channel has over 210,000 subscribers, noticed on Monday that the platform had removed all of his videos that mentioned cryptocurrencies.

Following this, Dunn tweeted, "@YouTube just removed most of my crypto videos citing 'harmful or dangerous content' and 'sale of regulated goods'... it's been 10 years of making videos, 200k+ subs, and 7M+ views. WTF are you guys doing @TeamYouTube?!"

Example of comment block:

Google’s YouTube Goes To War With Bitcoin And Crypto

Some in the bitcoin and cryptocurrency industry have vowed to challenge the decision.

"YouTube deleting all Crypto content is a massive blow to the industry," Ran NeuNer, host of the CryptoTrader show on CNBC Africa, said via Twitter.

"YouTube is the go to place for educational video and the first port of call for new people entering the ecosystem to learn the basics. As a community we should challenge this formally."

Meanwhile, others have been searching for a reason for the purge, finding YouTube's citing of "harmful and dangerous content" unsatisfactory.

"So far Alphabet [Google's parent company] has made no attempt to explain the reasons for the culling," Mati Greenspan, the founder of research group Quantum Economics, wrote in a note.

Morning Sunshine:
Didn't Google/Alphabet float the idea recently of their own cryptocurrency?  if so, could this be a precursor - wipe the competition?


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