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UPDATE: Bitcoin Magazine had its YouTube channel re-instated.
The YouTube channel belonging to Bitcoin Magazine was unexpectedly taken down late Thursday, as reported by the company on Twitter. At the time of writing, users that try to access the page are met with a dead link and the statement, “this page isn’t available.”
This has lead to claims of “censorship” from Bitcoin enthusiasts. YouTube responded on Twitter, saying that it is “looking into” the matter, and that it will respond when it has an update.
This is not the first time YouTube has been accused on censoring Bitcoin content. In 2019, the platform decided to remove hundreds of bitcoin and cryptocurrency videos from its site. The move was described as a “crypto-purge.”
Bitcoin and cryptocurrency content creators felt unfairly targeted by the search giant. After public pressure, YouTube re-instated the videos, saying it removed them by “accident.”
“With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call.”YouTube spokesperson, 2019
It is not clear what rules Bitcoin Magazine broke, if any.