YouTube Announces Big Change for Gun Videos

Saul Franklin
March 26, 2018

According to a report past year from the Record Industry Association of America, streaming music platforms generated the majority (51%) of the USA music industry's revenues in 2016. Videos showing how to build and refashion guns to make them deadlier will also be removed.

By announcing the change to its content guidelines, the website has inserted itself into a heated gun control debate that has taken over the country.

The expanded restrictions are provoking an outcry from gun advocates, according to conservative media outlets.

Guns for sale are seen inside of Dick's Sporting Goods store in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S., February 28, 2018.

There are more than 60 million gun-related videos on YouTube, a search for the term "gun" today reveals.

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Its interview with Cohen confirmed that YouTube's plans are well-developed, even imminent, and the new service is said to include exclusive videos, playlists and other offerings that will appeal to die-hard music fans.

According to Bloomberg, the service's music head Lyor Cohen said that the YouTube will be boosting the number of ads that user is seeing in between the music videos. "If your channel has firearms-related content, we recommend reviewing the new policies in detail and making any updates before then". The caption accompanied a photo of a gun, a loaded magazine and a "Make America Great Again" hat. But here YouTube is sending the exact opposite message - that merely viewing videos giving instructions on firearms use is equivalent to the propagation of violence. The firearms company Spike's Tactical wrote in an Instagram post that it had been banned from YouTube due to "repeated or severe violations" of YouTube's Community Guidelines. YouTube says it will also allow live streaming directly from the camera app on select devices from Asus, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and more in the coming months.

"Their policies are not very clear-cut and they are arbitrary", Karl Kasada, co-owner of InRange TV, a YouTube channel featuring firearm videos, told the Journal.

'YouTube's newly released released vague and one-sided firearms policy makes it abundantly clear that YouTube can not be counted upon to be a safe harbor for a wide variety of views and subject matter, ' wrote InRangeTV in a Facebook statement, a gun review site.

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