Just a little bit ago, I received word that Microsoft or an agency that represents them had pulled an almost two year old video by a podcaster named Bruce Naylor of FrugalTech. Then word came via the same thread and Twitter that other podcasters including Chris Pirillo and Mark Watson from SoliderKnowsBest had been issued similar takedown notices. At first it looked like the takedown notices were targeting bad reviews, but it’s beginning to look like any mention of Microsoft may earn a YouTuber a takedown notice.
Pirillo has suggested the hashtag #Microstopped to collect all reports.
We don’t know much at this time, but we will update you as we know more. Have you been #Microstopped?
It turned out that the whole #Microstopped issue comes down to a major misunderstanding according to Neowin. It was never Microsoft’s intention to shut down entire videos, but to remove specific comments where individuals were posting stolen serial codes to software. Somewhere in there, there was a major miscommunication between Microsoft and YouTube which resulted some angry and confused YouTubers.
If you video comes back up, let us know.