In May 2022, without any warning or justification, the Bankless YouTube channel disappeared overnight. After 2 years, 10k hours of content, and 150k subscribers, it was gone! The Bankless founders and community cried that it must be intentional because of the threat crypto and Web3 pose to YouTube and its parent company Alphabet. At that moment, it felt hopeless and unclear what could be done, having seen other crypto YouTube channels get banned. Then, less than 24 hours later, Bankless was back up! YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki retweeted a thank-you from the Bankless team, remarking it was just “a mistake” and glad they could fix it. But for many of us, it was a stark reminder that while we, the Web3 community preach self-sovereignty and the goal of taking back control from the centralized powers, the dirty truth is we remain all too dependent on these Web2 incumbents, even when we know they could cut us off in the blink of an eye.