One of the most popular Ethereum-focused newsletters and podcasts said its account was terminated without warning or justification.
Bankless, which claimed 150,000 subscribers to its Ethereum-focused newsletter and podcast, channel on YouTube, said it had been banned from the social media platform without warning or justification.
The channel, which boasted more than 10,000 hours of content and featured people as notable as Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, said in a tweet its account had been terminated.
🚨🚨🚨— Bankless 🏴 the UNBANNED (@BanklessHQ) May 8, 2022
The Bankless @YouTube account 'has been terminated'
10,000+ hours of content
Hey @YouTube, our community would like a word!
RETWEET to let YouTube hear you: It’s not okay to ban crypto content pic.twitter.com/MJQ4MGwtYD
Attempting to click through to the channel yields a notice saying “This page isn’t available.”
Bankless isn’t alone. Other educational web 3 crypto accounts such as Gabriel Haines.eth and the Optimism Collective were shut down as well.
It seems that @YouTube (@Google) has banned educational web3 accounts on YouTube including @BanklessHQ, @gabrielhaines and @optimismPBC deleting their content and ability to share information with their audiences. We all need to switch to web3 social to keep our freedom of speech— stani.eth (🌿,👻) (@StaniKulechov) May 8, 2022
Officials from YouTube weren’t immediately available to comment; commentators on Bankless’s Twitter thread made comments like “Wow guys I finally get why we need web3” which would prevent an organization from shutting down a channel through decentralization.
The removal of the Bankless channel may not permanent or a signal that YouTube found anything objectionable in the channel’s content. The social media giant has shut down other channels in the past without explanation only to reinstate them at a later time, again without explanation.