YouTube introduces stricter policies on gun videos

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YouTube, a popular media site for firearms enthusiasts, this week quietly introduced tighter restrictions on videos involving weapons, becoming the latest battleground in the USA gun-control debate.

The site will block videos that mention websites that sell firearms and accessories such as the controversial bump stocks, as well as any videos containing instructions on assembly of guns.

Besides finding a new revenue source, YouTube hopes that a successful service will pacify music industry criticisms that the Google video network is harmful. This may affect the millions of video search results that now appear under terms related to "guns".

Guns are big business on the site, with the Top 5 gun channels bragging almost 20 million subscribers combined. "YouTube's policy announcement has also served to invite political activists to flood their review staff with complaints about any video to which they may proffer manufactured outrage", NSSF released in a statement.

In a statement provided to Bloomberg Technology, a YouTube spokesman said that the company "routinely makes updates and adjustments to our enforcement guidelines across all of our policies".

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

Our top priority at YouTube is to deliver a great user experience, and that includes ensuring users do not encounter excessive ad loads.

Google-owned YouTube will soon be rolling out a feature which will not be liked by most of its users.

YouTube's live-streaming platform has become massive since launching years ago.

YouTube is notorious for not paying artists and labels enough, since we all know that the website is a treasure trove of free, ripped off content.

"YouTube prohibits certain kinds of content featuring firearms", they stated.

Live-streaming on computers could still be much simpler though, and that's why YouTube are adding simple live streams straight from your smartphone's camera.

The spokesperson said that updated policies will go into effect in April.

'Well, since we've melted some snowflakes on YouTube and got banned, might as well set IG and FB on fire!,' Spike's said on Facebook. While previous originals have nearly all been premiered on YouTube Red, it appears that the service might be willing to take a page out of Amazon Studios' book by premiering its next big original film in theaters first.

In response to the news, InRangeTV, a popular YouTube page promoting gun content, made a drastic leap - all the way to PornHub.

Amy Gesenhues is Third Door Media's General Assignment Reporter, covering the latest news and updates for Marketing Land and Search Engine Land. PornHub didn't immediately return a request for comment on the matter. Last month a slew of businesses cut ties with the National Rifles Association (NRA) following the Parkland, Florida school shooting that claimed 17 lives.

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