The YouTube curtain opens on a cryptocurrency-focused channel, and the YouTube/Twitter audience lets out a collective gasp: It’s censored – yet again!
This time, it was a channel found by YouTube to be in violation of its community guidelines around “policies and safety.”
The channel’s owner, Sweden-based Ivan Liljeqvist, aka Ivan on Tech, said on Twitter that YouTube had a video removed from his channel – by giving it a strike – “AGAIN!!!”
(Now we’re getting serious – because three strikes in the same 90-day period will result in a channel being permanently removed from YouTube. And with it – if it had any – all that previous good YouTube exposure in terms of audience and money – will be gone.)
YouTube, in other words, has the upper hand here. And while Liljeqvist might be making his living off of advocating for and explaining a decidedly decentralized money/financial platform like Bitcoin – he still clearly feels like he needs the information/distribution channel with the reach and power of YouTube – and Twitter – to get him wherever he wants to be.
And ironically – if not painfully, as far as cryptocurrency advocates relying on YouTube and Twitter go – these platforms are centralized, regulated and controlled by the very same “fiat money” printed by the very state authorities that cryptocurrency advocates seem so eager to eventually displace.
So – if you’re @IvanOnTech on Twitter, tagging YouTube in the hope of being a big enough presence to elicit a quick resolution in your favor of what appears to be an entirely unjustified, mindless “AI” strike affecting your channel – you may be wrong.
No such resolution has happened as quickly as the creator seems to have hoped. (And between the strike, and any eventual time it may get resolved – that’s a long time to monetize anything on YouTube.)
All that’s left here is to ask: how many times will leading Bitcoin advocates have to rely on Twitter’s good graces just to be able to “AGAIN” communicate their entirely legal and legitimate messages to YouTube – before they give up on this dead-end relationship with centralized platforms, and start looking into funding and promoting like-minded decentralized social networks that work well with, and naturally suit their own business and tech profiles?
Ivan is working to stream on a different platform now and move away from YouTube where possible.