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YouTube has deleted the players’ channels in Pokémon Go for using the abbreviation CP. Algorithms have decided that this is child porn

Gamers accounts restored on the same day.

Nick Oison Trainer Tips
Nick Oison Trainer Tips

On February 17, YouTube removed two major player channels in Pokémon Go. By Mystic7 Brandon Martyn and Trainer Tips owner Nick Oyzon received a warning for posting videos that contain sexual and pornographic content.


“Wake up and discover that YouTube has deleted my channel for breaking the rules and has not provided any information. It would be great if someone could tell me what is wrong with my channel about Pokémon for all ages. ”

“So, my channel was deleted after the warnings for“ sexual materials ”. YouTube, pokemon excite you or what? “

On his second channel, Martin said that he received a warning for a harmless video that is suitable for all ages. He also showed an email from YouTube.

As you know, our community principlesdescribe what content is allowed and what is banned on YouTube. Your Pokémon video with the highest CP in Pokemon Go! Wild dragonite! How much CP does he have? ”Was noted for verification. After checking, we decided that it violated our rules and removed it from the platform.

from a YouTube letter to Brandon Martin

YouTube claimed that Martin’s videos not only contain “nudity or sexual material”, but also content with minors.

Each video for which the creators received a warning included the term CP in the title. In the game Pokémon Go, this means combat power (combat power) – a parameter that is responsible for the strength of a Pokemon in a battle. In other circles, CP refers to child pornography (child pornography), which YouTube is trying to remove from the platform using algorithms.

Martin and Oison contacted YouTube and filed an appeal. Their feeds were restored by the end of the day. Representatives of the service gave a comment to Polygon and clarified that the channels were deleted by mistake.

Due to the huge amount of videos on our website, sometimes we make the wrong decisions. When we find out that a video or channel has been deleted by mistake, we take steps to restore it. We give users the opportunity to appeal our decisions and recheck the video.

YouTube representative


“In case someone from YouTube took note of today’s incident, CP means Combat Points. I am ready to deal with indecent content, but your algorithms need to learn to understand the context. / Remind: let a person check the video before deleting the channel ”


“The last 8 hours have been thinking about how I said that CP means Combat Points then how it means Combat Power”

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