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Comedian Flaqo loses his YouTube channel due to copyright issues

By Hilary Kimuyu October 19th, 2020 2 min read

Erastus Otieno popular known as Flaqo Raz in the weekend had his YouTube channel deleted over a copyright claim.

Flaqo, who plays Mama Otis, Babs Otis, Otis among many other characters, has become one of the most sought-after comedians in Kenya.

“We’d like to inform you that your channel Flaqo Raz has been terminated because we concluded it was linked to a channel that was disabled for having three or more copyright strikes. You can find more information by checking the email inbox of your linked account,” a message from YouTube explaining the reason his account was deleted read in part.

A distraught Otieno, after learning that his channel was deleted, said that it was exhausting to create content for YouTube and that he has put in the hard work only to lose all of it in a day.

“At this points its really exhausting…Please report all channels that are not mine but have my content in it…Boycott…I’ve worked so hard to be disrespected every damn time,malice…Why…Because im just about to launch my show on youtube its maliciously taken down…Am not dropping the mic btw so if you maliciously want me out of the industry sorry?…..we will be back with twice the energy ,this war of kicking me out of social media every time is getting a little personal.”

This comes a few weeks after he was awarded by YouTube for having more than 100K subscribers.

Taking to Instagram, Flaqo called on his fans to report all channels that contain his name and content.

The popular comedian has a chance to appeal to Google, even though the chances of getting the account back are slim.

He has been advised to visit Google Kenya Offices together with officials from the Kenya Films and Classifications Board (KFCB).