Barstool Sports founder and owner Dave Portnoy is fighting a public battle against YouTube over the Google-owned video platform’s decision to censor comedic content from its popular “Surviving Barstool” series.
Portnoy posted a video Thursday night on his X account where he said Youtube called his employees and gave them three hours to edit episodes of the series.
Otherwise, their Youtube liaison told them, Barstool would get “strikes on their account.”
Emergency Press Conference – I Refuse to Edit Surviving Barstool Because YouTube is Stupid pic.twitter.com/0pW8F802Oz— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) November 30, 2023
Those strikes would disallow Barstool from monetizing any of its content on the world’s largest video platform.
Portnoy said that one incident in the series that Youtube took issue with was when Barstool personality Kirk Minihane, host of the Kirk Minihane Show, threatened to blow up Barstool colleague Jeff D. Lowe’s house.
According to Portnoy, Youtube listed this comment as an “incitement to violence.”
Portnoy specified that there was “no way” he was ever going to edit Surviving Barstool in order to be compliant with Youtube’s request.
Although Youtube has taken a severe approach to censoring Barstool’s content, Youtube still hosts several videos that show users how to create pipe bombs.