At least two YouTube channels that feature content on North Korea have suddenly been shut down.
NK News reports that YouTube have removed two channels that regularly posted videos related to North Korea; but neither were seemingly in any violation of copyright or legality. Polish creator Emil Truszkowski reportedly promoted travel to the mysterious country on his channel – but found it suspended without warning.
“After around 8 hours I found out that the channel is not ‘suspended’ anymore: It got ‘terminated’,” Truszkowski explains. “The channel was in healthy condition without any community strikes.”
And Vietnamese creator Vũ Nam Phương also found his channel removed in the same way; Over 350 videos were reportedly lost in the deletion of his account. Both account removals have taken place just a few months after the termination of “KoreaCentralTV1”, a channel claiming to be NorthKorea’s official TV representative.
There could be any number of reasons why all these channels were removed; But it’s all speculation without an official statement from YouTube. Both Vũ and Truszkowski’s channels could have been in violation of copyright, but they had no strikes before termination.
All we know is that YouTube and North Korea have had a very up-and-down relationship in the past; most notably to us when Louis Cole received a ton of backlash for his positive travel vlogs from the totalitarian state.