YouTube Is Banning Gun Channels

YouTube has banned material that promote firearms, including instructional videos.

San Bruno, CA – Video-sharing platform YouTube has announced that it will ban channels and videos that promote or link to websites that sell firearms and accessories beginning in April.

The company, which is owned by Google, said that videos that provide instructions for assembling firearms and ammunition will also be prohibited, according to YouTube’s updated policy.

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A YouTube spokeswoman told Bloomberg that the company regularly adjusts and updates its policy enforcement guidelines.

“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,” she said.

Spike’s Tactical, a Florida-based AR-15 manufacturer, said they discovered they had been banned from the site on Tuesday, according to a post on the company’s Facebook page.

“The Liberal Left will slowly chip away at our freedoms and erode our rights, and the first step is to squelch our voice,” the outspoken company said in their post. “To say we’re f**king pissed is an understatement. However we are not backing down from these b***hes. SHALL NOT INFRINGE!”

A YouTube spokeswoman later claimed that the removal of Spike’s Tactical from the video platform was accidental, and that the company’s channel had since been reinstated, Bloomberg reported.

A second channel, InRangeTV, preemptively opted to move its content onto PornHub, an adult video website, the company said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

“YouTube’s newly 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,” InRangeTV wrote. “InRangeTV is pleased to announce its expansion onto the PornHub network...[and] is excited to be joining a group of content creators who are truly open and non-judgmental when it comes to potentially controversial content.”

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a lobbying group for the firearms industry, said that YouTube has become a “virtual public square,” and that enactment of the policy was a “stifling of commercial free speech.”

“We see the real potential for the blocking of educational content that serves instructional, skill-building and even safety purposes,” the foundation said, according to Bloomberg. “We suspect it will be interpreted to block much more content than the stated goal of firearms and certain accessory sales.”

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Comments (19)
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Aaron57
Aaron57

Wait, when did InRange switch to pornhub? Dammit, Karl, Ian... I don't want to have to go private just to watch your stuff!

ScotsLad
ScotsLad

Why not also ban the "stupid people videos? More people imitate those than they do firearms videos.

alanquarterhorse
alanquarterhorse

I hate knee-jerk responses like this. All it shows is that YouTube executives are spineless. I guess I'll have to go back to watching world's dumbest criminals reruns...

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@alanquarterhorse
How is this knee-jerk?there's a mass shooting every other week.

And YouTube doesn't have to let anyone in their platform. You sign an agreement before you post. Being that they are a private company, they can change their rules as often as they like.

I understand your frustration though, because you know you don't have the numbers to even register a blip on youtubes radar. I'm sure old conservatives like you can find some other way to entertain yourselves, and let the progressives have their toys that they created.