You-Tube at Pokemat child abuse images rowBBC news at MSN.Com #Espa_OlFebruary 18, 2019
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YouTubers who discussed popular mobile game Pokemon GO were affected
Google has backtracked after “mistakenly” deleting the accounts of several prominent YouTubers over incorrect child abuse fears.
YouTuber Billiam Thies told the BBC that not only was his YouTube channel removed, but his entire Google account was deleted as well – a move that Google, who owns YouTube, now admits was a mistake.
“But because my Google account was terminated as well I didn’t have access to my email so I couldn’t see what happened.”
It is not clear how many people had their accounts removed in error, but it appears that all of the accounts have been reinstated after people took to social media to complain.
This has led to consternation, with popular Pokemon GO YouTuber Mystic criticising the company amidst what some labelled a “total lack of communication”.
Yet outside of Pokemon the acronym can be taken to stand for “child pornography”, a term used to describe child abuse images.
“My Club Penguin video had been flagged for sexual content,” he said.
“That’s a serious allegation.
The point of contention for many of these YouTubers is the claim that the videos were deemed inappropriate even after they had been reviewed.
They have been criticised for this lack of clarity, with gaming YouTuber Thinknoodles, who has 4.1 million subscribers, questioning this on Twitter.