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YouTube acknowledged hundreds of crypto-currency channels after admitting them to “accidentally” remove them.
A wave of YouTubers servers was notified earlier this week that their videos violated the platform’s terms of service.
This step seems to be aimed at smaller channels and publishers who focused on bitcoin and cryptomain content.
Google’s video-sharing platform apologized for this error.
Video creators initially came to Twitter to share their frustration after many established channels claimed that YouTube ignored their complaints.
Alex Saunders, founder of Nugget’s News, told his followers that the incident felt “very scary”, arguing that YouTube was unable to communicate with its users.
On Twitter, he wrote: “Hi @TeamYouTube, with over 100 deleted videos and two strikes in 24 hours that I haven’t received from you yet. It’s really scary. We hired new employees. I have a wife and a child to support. Can’t I solve the problem if I don’t know what I’ve done or who to communicate with? “
Several other cryptologers repeated his complaints, some suggesting that they intended to completely boycott the platform.
- YouTube prohibits “malicious insults and veiled threats”
In a statement, YouTube stated that it “made an incorrect call” and confirmed that any mistakenly removed content will be restored.
“With a huge number of videos on our site, we sometimes make incorrect calls,” she said.
“When we get notified that a video was accidentally removed, we act quickly and restore it.”
She stated that there had been no changes in her policies, and insisted that there would be “no punishment” for any channels affected by the incident.
YouTube has also promised people an easier way to resolve copyright disputes arising from their content.
Many video creators have complained that current YouTube systems make false claims about their videos. Copyright authors, while automated detection tools often do not understand when the material was lawfully used.
Video creators who have copyright claims against their recordings will now have the option to automatically “crop” the disputed segment from their clips.
“We provide more transparency about the content of the copyright takedown than ever before, and we are now looking at a specific description of the copyrighted work provided by the petitioner in the takedown notice,” the company said on its official blog.