UPDATE: YouTube censored and then reinstated the Ron Paul Institute channel on its platform. Ron Paul, a former congressman from Texas, spoke out.
YouTube responded to Paul about three hours after Paul's complaint on Twitter: "Heard back from our team that this was a mistake and your channel has been reinstated. Thanks for being patient while we sorted this out – we'll be reaching out via email shortly in case you have any questions."
“Very shocked that @YouTube has completely removed the Channel of my Ron Paul Institute: no warning, no strikes, no evidence,” he tweeted. “Only explanation was 'severe or repeated violations of our community guidelines.' Channel is rarely used. The appeal was automatically rejected. Help?”
A message from YouTube says the channel was removed permanently.
“We have permanently removed your channel from YouTube,” the platform said. “Going forward, you won’t be able to access, possess, or create any other YouTube channels.”
In a follow-up tweet, Paul called the removal “perplexing.” “The Ron Paul Institute's YouTube account has been terminated,” he said. “It is a seldom-used account and its termination is perplexing.” Twitter users slammed YouTube for the move. “1984 is here,” one user tweeted. Others told Paul to join Rumble, a popular YouTube alternative.
YouTube said the channel violated the platform’s Community Guidelines, and that it removes content that "take[s] advantage of the YouTube community" prohibits content where the “main purpose is to trick others into leaving YouTube for another site."
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