YouTube Will Start Cracking Down On Some Firearm Videos
26 March, 2018, 02:36 | Author: Lynette Payne
YouTube also prohibits content about the sale of guns or firearm accessories. Before this update from YouTube, YouTubers would have only one way of streaming online by capturing content including their desktop, camera, and microphone and sent them to YouTube to be live streamed.
Following the mass shooting incident at a high school in Parkland, Floridalast month, YouTube announced earlier this week that it would be imposing a ban on firearms videos.
Before YouTube's announcement, YouTube creators of pro-gun videos started to see some of their videos taken down.
The NSSF has more than 5000 instructional videos on its YouTube channel. It's also blocking videos that show or share instructions on how to build guns and some accessories, or convert firearms to automatic or simulated automatic firing, as well as videos that show how to install those kinds of gun modifiers.
With its new policy about firearms videos, Youtube joined the ranks of other companies like Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart who have implemented restrictions on the promotion and sales of firearms. The caption accompanied a photo of a gun, a loaded magazine and a "Make America Great Again" hat.
"Much like Facebook, YouTube now acts as a virtual public square".
The new guidelines will be enacted in April but gun demonstration videos will not be banned.
Photo YouTube said that it would ban videos that promote either the construction or sale of firearms and their accessories, starting next month.
The dedicated gun channel InRange TVexpressed its frustration with YouTube's new "extremely poorly worded and open ended" policy.
Spike's Tactical, as well as an array of gun vloggers and manufacturers far and wide, are forever barred from posting more content on the site: "Please be aware that you are prohibited from accessing, possessing or creating any other YouTube accounts". "The exercise of what amounts to censorship, then, can legitimately be viewed as the stifling of commercial free speech, which has constitutional protection", the foundation says in a statement.
YouTube's global head of music Lyor Cohen said the service will "frustrate and seduce" free users into paying a monthly subscription.
YouTube has been unapologetic in its response, issuing a statement to Bloomberg that it "routinely makes updates and adjustments" on website policy.
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