YouTube has restored the channel of the institute run by former US Congressman Ron Paul, chalking it up to a ‘mistake.’
“Very shocked that YouTube has completely removed the channel of my Ron Paul Institute: no warning, no strikes, no evidence,” the retired Texas congressman tweeted on Thursday. “Only explanation was ‘severe or repeated violations of our community guidelines.’ Channel is rarely used. The appeal was automatically rejected. Help?”
In a follow-up message, Paul said the Ron Paul Liberty Report channel remains available. The institute’s main channel is “a seldom-used account and its termination is perplexing,” he added. Despite Paul posting screenshots of emails from YouTube that said they had received his appeal and decided to uphold the decision, the company responded on Thursday afternoon that “this was a mistake” and that the channel has been reinstated.
“Heard back from our team that this was a mistake and your channel has been reinstated,” YouTube tweeted in response to Paul. “Thanks for being patient while we sorted this out, we’ll be reaching out via email shortly in case you have any questions.” Paul acknowledged the tech company had reinstated the account.