A YouTube spokesperson has said during an interview with CoinDesk the recent ban on hundreds of crypto-related videos was a mistake:
"With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call. When it's brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it. We also offer uploaders the ability to appeal removals and we will re-review the content."
The spokesperson of the video streaming platform has also confirmed there has not been any change in YouTube's policy that might affect crypto videos.
However, users claim their videos are still being censored. For example, Chris Dunn, owner of an investment education YouTube channel with about 200,000 subscribers, has said that even more videos have been removed after appealing YouTube's decision:
"Today, YouTube not only took down the videos that they reinstated yesterday, but they took down at least one other video that they’d never taken down before."
Dunn says not all of the deleted videos are related to cryptos. According to him, he could be the victim of "maliciously reporting" or errors in the AI system YouTube uses to verify if videos comply with its regulations.
Dunn thinks YouTube may be also removing content which is not commercially viable. According to the update of its terms on December 10:
"YouTube may terminate your access, or your Google account’s access to all or part of the Service if YouTube believes, in its sole discretion, that provision of the Service to you is no longer commercially viable."
iHodl reported yesterday YouTube had removed a 2016 Vitalik Buterin video in which he talks about the roadmap for the ETH project. Shortly afterwards, Binance CEO CZ suggested the whole crypto community should move to a separate network based on blockchain tech.