Hundreds of crypto-currency related channels have been reinstated by YouTube after the social media platform admitted that those channels had been removed “in error”.
Earlier this week, notifications about their videos have breached of the social media platform’s terms of service were received by a large number of YouTubers. Apparently, this move by the company was targeted at smaller channels and publishers which were completely focused creating and delivering content on Bitcoin and crypto-currency.
An apology has been tendered since then by the Google-owned video sharing platform.
Many of the well-established channels claimed that their complaints had been completely ignored by YouTube. After this, the frustration over the attitude of the social media company was poured on Twitter by the suspended video-makers.
The incident felt “really scary,” said Alex Saunders, founder of Nugget’s News, to his followers, and added that there was no communication with its users by YouTube. He wrote on Twitter: “Hi @TeamYouTube, with over 100 videos removed and two strikes in 24 hours I have still not even received an email from you. This is really scary. We’ve hired new staff. I have a wife and baby to support. I can’t fix the problem if I don’t know what I’ve done or who to communicate with?”
Similar complaints were also made by several other crypto-bloggers and some even gave a call to completely boycott the platform.
It had “made the wrong call”, YouTube said in a statement, and added that it will restore any such content that had been removed mistakenly.
“With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call,” it said. “When it’s brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it.”
The social media platform also confirmed that no change in its community standards policy had been made and also confirmed that none of the channels that were affected by the incident would be subjected to “no penalty”.
A promise to allow its users easier methods to deal with copyright disputes stemming from their content was also made by YouTube.
The so-called “copyright trolls” are able to make false claims on videos on YouTube because of the current systems of the company, complained many video-makers. They also complained that the automated detection tools of the company often are unable to understand when a user illegally uses some materials.
YouTube said that the option to automatically “trim” the disputed segment from their clips will be given to those video-makers who get copyright claims against the use of footage in their videos.
“We’re providing more transparency about the content of the copyright takedown than ever before, now surfacing the specific description of the copyrighted work provided by the claimant in the takedown notice,” the company said on its official blog.
(Adapted from BBC.com)