Listen to "Reality Check with Ben Swann" on Spreaker.

YouTube Increases Limits on Gun Content, Bans Firearm Demo Videos

Must Read

Answer to Trump Social Ban and Parler Removal De-centralization?

Answer to Trump Social Ban and Parler Removal Decentralization? - powered by ise.media Is the answer to the permanent ban...

New Impeachment NOT About Riots, About Stopping Trump Run in 2024

New Impeachment NOT About Riots, About Stopping Trump Run in 2024 - powered by ise.media The effort being put forward...

Trump Supporters Who Stormed Capitol Building are Protestors, NOT Terrorists or Insurrectionists

Trump Supporters Who Stormed the Capitol Building are Protestors NOT Terrorists or Insurrectionists - powered by ise.media Media and Politicians...
Jay Syrmopoulos
Jay Syrmopoulos is a geopolitical analyst, freethinker, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs and holds a BA in International Relations. Jay's writing has been featured on both mainstream and independent media - and has been viewed tens of millions of times.

San Bruno, CA— YouTube has announced that beginning in April, the company will ban how-to videos related to building or refashioning guns, as well as all content that promotes the sale of guns or gun accessories.

According to YouTube’s statement:

Specifically, we don’t allow content that:

— Intends to sell firearms or certain firearms accessories through direct sales (e.g., private sales by individuals) or links to sites that sell these items. These accessories include but may not be limited to accessories that enable a firearm to simulate automatic fire or convert a firearm to automatic fire (e.g., bump stocks, gatling triggers, drop-in auto sears, conversion kits), and high capacity magazines (i.e., magazines or belts carrying more than 30 rounds).

— Provides instructions on manufacturing a firearm, ammunition, high capacity magazine, homemade silencers/suppressors, or certain firearms accessories such as those listed above. This also includes instructions on how to convert a firearm to automatic or simulated automatic firing capabilities.

— Shows users how to install the above-mentioned accessories or modifications.

“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.”

- Newsletter -

The announcement by YouTube marks the latest company to take a stance in the U.S. gun-control debate, following major retailers like Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart, which have taken assertive steps to implement 21-plus age limits for gun sales in the wake of the Parkland school shooting. Bloomberg reports that YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc.’s Google, has faced criticism for hosting videos about guns.

According to a report by Bloomberg:

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.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun industry lobbying group, expressed concern about the “censorship of commercial free speech,” and 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,” read a statement released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. “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.”

[RELATED: Reality Check: The True Meaning of the Second Amendment]

A report from MSN revealed that in the midst of YouTube’s new policy announcement, Spike’s Tactical, a gun manufacturing company in Florida, had claimed that their Facebook and YouTube accounts had been suspended for “violating community guidelines.”

The move to censor pro-gun content comes only days before Saturday’s March For Our Lives, a rally described by the media as an event organized by survivors of the February 14 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead; the highly-publicized March 14 walkout had an early push from “organizers of the Women’s March on Washington — the same group that donned pink ‘pussy’ hats in a Washington, D.C., protest march following President Donald Trump’s inauguration” according to a report by Lifezette.

Although the new policies will reportedly begin being enforced in April, Bloomberg reported that InRange TV, a channel devoted to firearms, posted on Facebook that they would immediately 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.”

With the continued and growing censorship on social media/video platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, many of these gun enthusiasts may find comfort in decentralized blockchain-based alternatives like Steemit, DTube and BitChute.

- Advertisement -

Featrued Sponsors

video

Texas Files Lawsuit Asks SCOTUS To Block 4 States From Participating in Electoral College

Texas Files Lawsuit Asks SCOTUS To Block 4 States From Participating in Electoral College - powered by ise.media Check out our sponsor Kim Daly and...

Unstoppable Domains

Uncensorable blockchain domains. Every domain purchase supports Ben Swann and Truth in Media

Holland Center

Holland Center is a day treatment program and medical clinic for children with autism.
- Advertisement -

Latest News

video

Answer to Trump Social Ban and Parler Removal De-centralization?

Answer to Trump Social Ban and Parler Removal Decentralization? - powered by ise.media Is the answer to the permanent ban...
video

New Impeachment NOT About Riots, About Stopping Trump Run in 2024

New Impeachment NOT About Riots, About Stopping Trump Run in 2024 - powered by ise.media The effort being put forward by House Democrats to Impeach...
video

Trump Supporters Who Stormed Capitol Building are Protestors, NOT Terrorists or Insurrectionists

Trump Supporters Who Stormed the Capitol Building are Protestors NOT Terrorists or Insurrectionists - powered by ise.media Media and Politicians have spent the last seven...
video

The Biggest Problem With C0ViD V@ccin3s

The Biggest Problem With C0VlD V@ccin3s is the inability to even question them! The Biggest Problem with Vaccines - powered by ise.media Learn about our new...
video

Gates Says No Normal Until 2022, U.S. Billionaires Increase Wealth by $1 Trillion Since Lockdowns

Bill Gates says no normal until 2022; U.S. Billionaires increase wealth by $1 Trillion since lockdowns began just nine months ago. Gates Says No Normal...
- Advertisement -

More Articles Like This