It's pretty much beyond the point now who the actual culprit(s) are.
It's probably a shared account amongst a specific group of people. My speculation ends there.
One thing has been established...
It is absolutely detrimental to the band.
In today's era, having a large social media presence where fans are sharing stories, vids, hashtagging,etc. is a requirement and a vital ingredient in the recipe for success.
This account is literally destroying GNR's social media presence and also killing off fan interest in shows, the big revenue stream. They piss off fans who pay hundreds per ticket and upload clips of their show only to be deleted, and casual fans who would like to see some vids before buying tickets do not have that option. We now have GNR literally begging people to do exactly what has been being deleted for years.
Great and recent example is Locomotive. First time that was performed since the night before my GNR concert July 91. This could have helped create a good buzz and anticipation of what they will play at future shows.
What happened instead? The footage was deleted...meaning that other than performing it for that specific crowd, it accomplished nothing.
Supporters of the band are not running this account. What they are doing is the exact opposite of support. The so called trolls/haters could never have concocted such a scheme against the band.
Flagging unreleased demos? I get it. At least it makes sense. On the other hand, one of the people suspected of running it is a hoarder so I guess the policy is "Ok for me, not for thee".
Everything else? They don't just drink haterade...they're sponsors.
They have two reasons to be thankful...
That Azoff cared nothing about fan sites/social media during his brief tenure. He would've put a permanent end to this.
They're lucky that Fernando is completely inept and doesn't have the slightest clue what he's doing. It would literally take minutes to solve this problem.
With shows selling out left and right, it doesn't appear to be a problem on the surface. If/when the venues aren't as full, it will have an impact and I guarantee it had an impact during the 09-14 era, even if only minimal.
If the people running this are actual supporters of the band, I assume the life expectancy of this account is very short now. It's doing nothing but damaging the brand and the bands request for vids is proof of this.
One more thing...
While I don't follow the gnr YouTube story and haven't for many years, I was ahead of the curve on this issue.
I found out it was a fan account in a decade ago. How? They flagged all the vids on GNR Evo's YouTube page and got it suspended.
You're gonna say, "No big deal. That's what they do."
The Evo account was different from all others....
It was the only GNR YouTube page to not upload GNR videos.
I don't remember it all off the top of my head but I know we had these...
M.I.A.- Paper Planes and Galang live at 2007 Treasure island fest (I was there)
Other assorted MIA concert vids(here too)
NIN- Discipline and Echoplex rehearsals (Trent released this free and wanted it shared)
Buckethead- Willy Wonka theme
Soundgarden- Searching with My Good Eye Closed & Slaves and Bulldozers live 1991
Houston, we have a problem....unless Axl Rose was a secret co-writer with MIA, Trent Reznor, and Chris Cornell, Axl/GNR have no copyright claim on the above listed songs.
I don't even give a shit...water under the bridge, a stroll down memory lane, yada yada yada. I hadn't thought about it in a long time but I realize what balls it took to actually flag other artists/bands content while at the same time acting as an official GNR account.
Like I said, he/they/whoeverthefuck may have had good intentions at the start but it got out of hand and when it reaches the point of GNR begging fans to upload vids, which we're seeing now, it's time to ride it into the sunset.