Youtube terminated the channel of Stefan Molyneux, a popular Canadian pro-Bitcoin speaker. Following outcry from the community and on the Google+ page of David Seaman, another popular libertarian personality, the channel was restored.
The termination reportedly took place without notice or any explanation given. Seaman strongly criticized the action, calling it “anti-Google”. He said that based on Google’s algorithms for ranking, Molyneux’s content would be ranked among the best.
In a recent talk titled “Bitcoin vs Political Power” in the Netherlands, Molyneux says that “Bitcoin is one of the greatest innovations in human history.” It “limits the seemingly endless growth of political power that literally appears to be eating up the next generation”. He ends off by comparing the direction the world is heading (under the current framework) to that of the Roman Empire.
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Molyneux has held unique views outside the world of cryptcurrency as well. He has been criticized for believing that relationships between children and their parents should be entirely voluntary. He has published numerous fiction and non-fiction books, although many will argue that the latter are fictional as well. Indeed, his controversial views touch upon a wide scope of disciplines: economics, philosophy, religion, politics, science and others.
At the Bitcoin Conference in Toronto, he actually brought together the worlds of Bitcoin and war: “if there is no way to create a war with Bitcoin as the sole currency then this is a conversation we should be having.” One session went past the scheduled time as the audience struggled to meet his challenge of coming up with a way of going to war in a society that runs exclusively on bitcoins, since, he argued, nobody will be convinced of the economic benefit enough to part with their own funds.
The termination comes days after redditors reported a spate of alleged downvoting and deletions that affected the bitcoin and technology subreddits.