Published: Thu, March 22, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

YouTube Banning Gun Videos

YouTube Banning Gun Videos

YouTube's growing conspiracy theory problem, an issue that has been written about at length and studied by academics, is one the company is now trying to address. The updated restrictions, which come amid nationwide calls for stricter gun control, are the latest in what appears to be a ramped-up effort to curtail risky or illegal content on the video hosting platform. Videos that link to sites that sell gun accessories may also violate the site's updated guidelines, as well.

The streaming service is making the policy change a month after the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people.Last October, YouTube also banned videos that showed viewers how to install bump stocks, a gun attachment that can make a semiautomatic rifle fire faster. Cohen apparently disclosed that users who treat YouTube as a music service by playing music videos for long periods of time will stumble upon more ads.

Spike's Tactical argues YouTube banned their channel without prior warning, catching the company, customers and fans completely off guard. At least one producer of gun videos saw its page suspended on Tuesday.

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Such a feature is sure to be popular, especially if the video being watched forms part of a playlist and/or is mainly being played for the audio.

"YouTube's newly released released vague and one-sided firearms policy makes it abundantly clear that YouTube can not be counted upon to be a safe harbor for a wide variety of views and subject matter", reads a post on the InRangeTV Facebook page.

The firearms decision comes days before Saturday's March For Our Lives, a rally organized by survivors of the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead. On Jan. 7, after Spike's Tactical released their annual joint marketing collaboration with Texas-based apparel company Pipe Hitters Union, which depicted a group of armed men facing off against what was supposed to be "antifa" protesters, OW made sure to point out how "completely insane" the ad was.

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