YouTube restricts certain gun videos

Gwen Vasquez
March 26, 2018

After 17 people were killed last month in the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, anti-gun advocates have been pressuring tech companies to do more on gun control.

Fox News reports that YouTube recently updated the company's "policies on content featuring firearms" to prohibit "any video intending to "sell firearms or certain firearm accessories", either directly or through links to sites that do".

Provides instructions on manufacturing a firearm, ammunition, high-capacity magazine, homemade silencers/suppressors, or certain firearms accessories such as those listed above.

YouTube has updated its policy on content featuring firearms, expanding the list of accessories that can not be featured in videos that sell them or instruct users how to manufacture or install these accessories, reports Motherboard.

YouTube said this week that it will enforce tougher restrictions on videos that are gun-related.

Responding to the policy backlash, a YouTube spokeswoman told Bloomberg that the service "routinely" makes updates to its content guidelines.

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The video-streaming service, which is owned by Google, said it would ban videos that promote either the construction or sale of firearms and their accessories.

Every now and then, you'll encounter an ad or two while watching a video on YouTube. "Especially worrisome is the potential for blocking educational content that serves an instructional and skill-building objective", NSSF's statement said. According to the Universal Music Group, the deal would act as an encouragement for its artists and further extends YouTube's commitment to protect music rights.

InRange TV said on Facebook this week that the channel will be moving its content to the porn website PornHub following YouTube's change.

Advertising to that many subscribers could mean millions of dollars for the content creators, but some have already been going through a process the YouTube community calls demonetization.

Amy Gesenhues is Third Door Media's General Assignment Reporter, covering the latest news and updates for Marketing Land and Search Engine Land. The platform has been gradually increasing restrictions on certain gun videos. These are people who passively listen to music on YouTube for long periods of time, as opposed to those who fire up the streaming service to watch other types of content.

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