BitBoy Crypto sues fellow YouTuber Atozy for defamation over shilling claims

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Two distinguished YouTube content material creators are set to lock horns in a authorized battle over a cryptocurrency video allegedly selling a challenge that ended up being a rip-off.

Bitboy Crypto, a YouTube channel based by Ben Armstrong, produces quite a lot of content material centered on cryptocurrency information, initiatives and tokens and buying and selling recommendation. The channel has been energetic since February 2018 and has over 1.4 million subscribers.

The channel is thought for its information items and trading-focused movies with headlines like ‘Prime 3 Cash To Outperform Ethereum! (Robust Quick Time period Play)’ typifying the kind of content material disseminated to viewers.

Whereas these movies purport to supply buying and selling recommendation, the channel has a disclaimer clearly stating that Armstrong shouldn’t be ‘knowledgeable advisor in enterprise areas involving finance, cryptocurrency, taxation, securities and commodities buying and selling, or the follow of regulation.’ The channel’s content material states that it’s meant for basic info functions solely.

Bitboy Crypto has copped criticism from the broader cryptocurrency group prior to now for allegedly deceptive viewers about numerous tokens and initiatives. Armstrong has tried to rebut these claims, with a first-rate instance being a fiery podcast dialog hosted by cryptocurrency investor Anthony Pompliano in November 2021.

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An incident involving feedback posted by one other YouTuber on a BitBoy video from 2020 has led Armstrong to hunt authorized recourse. Erling Mengshoel Jr, higher identified by his YouTube channel identify Atozy, got here throughout a now-deleted video on the Bitboy channel selling a challenge known as Pamp community token in 2020.

The challenge ended on a bitter notice as buyers had been left empty-handed after a reported ‘rug-pull’ from the founders. As per data from Coingecko, PAMP tokens are price fractions of a greenback, down from all-time highs of $2.73 in July 2020. 

Within the wake of the PAMP failure, Atozy revisited the Bitboy video to publish feedback labeling Armstrong as ‘shady’ for deceptive viewers. Atozy went on to create a full video on his channel in November 2021 titled ‘This YouTuber scams his followers… Bitboy Crypto’, alleging that Armstrong had been dishonest as a self-proclaimed professional on cryptocurrencies to advertise a challenge that ended up crashing.

Armstrong formally filed a federal grievance in opposition to Mengshoel on Aug. 12 within the U.S. District Court docket for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta, with a raft of claims, together with defamation, infliction of emotional misery and tortious interference with enterprise relations or potential enterprise relations.

Mengshoel was ultimately served at his dwelling just a few days later and has known as for the help of viewers and the cryptocurrency group to deal with what he described as a ‘frivolous’ lawsuit from Armstrong.

Mengshoel has since launched a GoFundMe account to fulfill the lawsuit head-on, with Armstrong claiming damages and authorized charges price $75,000. GoFundMe has acquired over $20,000 within the 24 hours since its launch, with over 450 contributors up to now.

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