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YouTube Bans Firearms Demo Videos, Entering the Gun Control Debate

March 21, 2018, 6:20 PM GMT+1 Updated on March 21, 2018, 9:39 PM GMT+1

Google’s new policy prohibits promotion of guns, bump stocks

  • At least one video gun blogger ditched YouTube for PornHub

YouTube, a popular media site for firearms enthusiasts, this week quietly introduced tighter restrictions on videos involving weapons, becoming the latest battleground in the U.S. gun-control debate.

YouTube will ban videos that promote or link to websites selling firearms and accessories, including bump stocks, which allow a semi-automatic rifle to fire faster. Additionally, YouTube said it will prohibit videos with instructions on how to assemble firearms. The video site, owned by Alphabet Inc.’s Google, has faced intense criticism for hosting videos about guns, bombs and other deadly weapons.

For many gun-rights supporters, YouTube has been a haven. A current search on the site for “how to build a gun” yields 25 million results, though that includes items such as toys. At least one producer of gun videos saw its page suspended on Tuesday. Another channel opted to move its videos to an adult-content site, saying that will offer more freedom than YouTube.

Read more: Reddit Wades Into the Gun Control Debate

“We routinely make updates and adjustments to our enforcement guidelines across all of our policies,” a YouTube spokeswoman said in a statement. “While we’ve long prohibited the sale of firearms, we recently notified creators of updates we will be making around content promoting the sale or manufacture of firearms and their accessories.” 

YouTube has placed greater restrictions on content several times in the past year, responding to a series of issues with inappropriate and offensive videos. Most of those changes involved pulling ads from categories of videos. Google is more reluctant to remove entire videos from YouTube, but has been willing to do so with terrorism-related content.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun industry lobbying group, called YouTube’s new policy “worrisome.”

“We suspect it will be interpreted to block much more content than the stated goal of firearms and certain accessory sales,” the foundation said in a statement. “We see the real potential for the blocking of educational content that serves instructional, skill-building and even safety purposes. Much like Facebook, YouTube now acts as a virtual public square. The exercise of what amounts to censorship, then, can legitimately be viewed as the stifling of commercial free speech.”

The firearms decision comes days before Saturday’s March For Our Lives, a rally organized by survivors of the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead.

See also: QuickTake on the gun-control debate

The new YouTube policies will be enforced starting in April, but at least two video bloggers have already been affected. Spike’s Tactical, a firearms company, said in a post on Facebook that it was suspended from YouTube due to “repeated or severe violations” of the video platform’s guidelines.

“Well, since we’ve melted some snowflakes on YouTube and got banned, might as well set IG and FB on fire!,” Spike’s wrote on Facebook, where it has over 111,000 followers, referring to the social network and its Instagram app. A YouTube spokeswoman said the channel has been reinstated after it was mistakenly removed.

InRange TV, another channel devoted to firearms, wrote on its Facebook page that it would begin uploading videos to PornHub, an adult content website.  


“YouTube’s newly released released vague and one-sided firearms policy makes it abundantly clear that YouTube cannot be counted upon to be a safe harbor for a wide variety of views and subject matter,” InRange TV wrote. “PornHub has a history of being a proactive voice in the online community, as well as operating a resilient and robust video streaming platform.” PornHub didn’t immediately return a request for comment on the matter. 

Last month, gun control activists escalated the pressure on tech giants for giving a platform to the National Rifle Association. A flurry of businesses cut ties with the pro-gun group after the deadly Parkland school shooting. Companies with streaming services, such as Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and YouTube, declined to remove the NRA channel.

— With assistance by Dashiell Bennett

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YouTube banning all gun videos in latest censorship assault on liberty… but a new video site welcoming gun videos launches soon

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by: Mike Adams
https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-03-21-youtube-banning-all-gun-vide...

Image: YouTube banning all gun videos in latest censorship assault on liberty… but a new video site welcoming gun videos launches soon

(Natural News) In the latest bombshell censorship attack on both the First and Second Amendment, YouTube announced a policy change today that will quickly lead to a complete banning of all gun videos, including movie trailers and video games that depict the use of firearms.

As Bloomberg reports, this is all being framed by YouTube as a way to prohibit the “sales” of guns:

YouTube will ban videos that promote or link to websites selling firearms and accessories… Additionally, YouTube said it will prohibit videos with instructions on how to assemble firearms.

But it is widely understood that YouTube’s policy shift will rapidly expand to encompass more than just “demo” videos. As the National Shooting Sports Foundation has now stated, “YouTube’s announcement this week of a new firearms content policy is troubling. We suspect it will be interpreted to block much more content than the stated goal of firearms and certain accessory sales. Especially worrisome is the potential for blocking educational content that serves an instructional and skill-building purpose. YouTube’s policy announcement has also served to invite political activists to flood their review staff with complaints about any video to which they may proffer manufactured outrage.”

“The unprecedented decision is a major move against free speech,” writes Jamie White for InfoWars. “…[T]here are thousands of gun channels on YouTube who didn’t receive any warning of the upcoming transition.”

Breitbart.com’s AWR Hawkins explained further, “YouTube is entering the gun control debate with a new ban on videos which demo firearms or link to websites selling firearms or firearm accessories.”

In just the last two weeks, YouTube has outright terminated thousands of content accounts, including my own channel (“The Health Ranger”) and the ever-popular Military Arms Channel, which reviewed firearms with a high degree of intelligence and experience.

With this latest assault on firearms-related videos, Google/Alphabet/YouTube once again demonstrates that it is the enemy of both the First and Second Amendments that protect individual liberty from authoritarianism.

A new video site rises up, welcoming firearms videos: REAL.video

Now, more than ever, the need for a pro-liberty, free speech video site is more urgent than ever. We’ve got precisely such a project already in development: REAL.video.

The REAL.video site welcomes guns and firearms instructional videos as well as content supporting food freedom, health freedom and independent science. I can now reveal that this site will be going live on or before July 4th, Independence Day. People and organizations interested in posting video content to the free speech community can request an invitation on the REAL.video home page right now.

The site does not pay content creators for video views. Instead, we focus on protecting the free speech platform and preserving the video knowledge base for humanity that YouTube is now systematically eliminating from its own anti-America, anti-freedom network run by truly evil techno-tyrants.

To pay for all the hosting, bandwidth, maintenance and support, we plan to run a 5-second pre-roll ad in front of each video. Content creators are encouraged to incorporate their own sponsors in their videos, and yes, we absolutely support videos that are sponsored by firearms and ammunition companies, along with accessories, holsters and other types of weapons, including edged weapons and bows.

At REAL.video, we believe the Second Amendment is a sacred right, and we stand with all those who seek a pro-liberty platform to share instructional and tactical videos on firearms, reloading, self-defense and military.

We support veterans, active duty soldiers, local law enforcement and making America great again. We strongly encourage everyone who supports liberty to stop using Google, YouTube and Facebook and seek alternatives that support your liberties, your freedom to speak and your sacred right to defend your life, family, property and country.

Register now at REAL.video and check back on this website for more updates as we approaching the launch.

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Comment by Burbia on March 23, 2018 at 12:58am

YouTube is that creepy relative everyone has. "Oh hey YouTube.  No,  I don't wanna watch that weird video you have.  So what if you think guns are bad YouTube. Not everybody thinks that. "

 

 

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