YouTube Now Banning Videos That Sells Guns

24 March, 2018, 02:35 | Author: Bennie Parsons
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YouTube, which is owned by Google, has faced mounting pressure from gun control activists over the prevalence of gun-related videos posted to its site. That's evident in the video-sharing company's decision to enact a new policy putting restrictions on videos that promote the sale of firearms and firearm accessories. Specifically, it will ban videos that show how to convert a firearm to automatic or simulated automatic firing capabilities.

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The addition would come as a welcome surprise for a host of video bloggers who would earlier need to install an encoder verified by YouTube Live. Spike's Tactical is also an outspoken opponent of Antifa.

"Well, since we've melted some snowflakes on YouTube and got banned, might as well set IG and FB on fire!", Spike's wrote on Facebook, where it has over 111,000 followers, referring to the social network and its Instagram app.

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The channel making that bold move is InRangeTV, which counts 143,000 subscribers on YouTube. YouTube's latest rules change comes in the wake of a series of hard-hitting decisions by major corporations, such as Delta Air Lines and vehicle rental company Hertz, to cut ties with gun manufacturers and the National Rifle Association. Spike's Tactical, a company that sells firearm parts and accessories, posted on social media that its account was suspended for its firearm videos.

Google did not respond to a request for comment by the time of publication.

The announcement was made by YouTube just days before Saturday's March For Our Lives rallies begin nationwide, an event organized by gun control advocates following a mass-shooting February 14 at a high school in Parkland, Florida.