The gun control debate finally enters the digital realm.
As they say, if you can’t beat them, find another way! Yea, not really but that’s what these gun enthusiasts did.
Youtube quietly introduced tighter rules on videos involving weapons and a lot of people are not happy about it. This ban will reportedly start next month. However, at least two channels that produced videos on the topic have already been suspended.
In a statement, a YouTube spokesperson said:
“We routinely make updates and adjustments to our enforcement guidelines across all of our policies.”
“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.”
The decision from the popular video site comes days before Saturday’s March For Our Lives. The survivors of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida organised this rally.
InRange TV, a YouTube channel devoted to firearms, decided to migrate their videos to a well-known pornography website because of this move by YouTube.
“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,” they wrote on their Facebook page.
“PornHub has a history of being a proactive voice in the online community, as well as operating a resilient and robust video streaming platform,” they add.
This is not the first time that YouTube made a move towards restricting the promotion of firearms on their website. Last year, they banned videos that taught users how to make guns fire more quicker. This decision came after the Las Vegas mass shooting in October.