YouTube Bans / Censors Major Gun Manufacturer Without Warning

YouTube Bans / Censors Major Gun Manufacturer Without Warning


The updated restrictions, which come amid nationwide calls for stricter gun control, are the latest in what appears to be a ramped-up effort to curtail risky or illegal content on the video hosting platform. As a result, instructional videos that teach viewers to make or install their own gun accessories could be in violation of YouTube's terms of service. The new paid service, whose name hasn't been disclosed yet, is also rumored to launch later this month. Additionally, YouTube said it will prohibit videos with instructions on how to assemble firearms.

Spike's Tactical marketing director Kit Cope said the company received an email Tuesday and the YouTube channel and its videos were wiped a few minutes later.

YouTube's decision to tighten restrictions on gun videos comes with heightened tension in the U.S. gun debate. Spike's Tactical is also an outspoken opponent of Antifa.

Unsurprisingly YouTubers who have channels that are based around these topics aren't too thrilled about the changes, with some expressing their frustration due to these rules seemingly coming out of the blue without giving creators a transitional period for them to modify existing videos or upcoming videos that have already been recorded and edited.

Cohen is trying to prove that YouTube is committed to making people pay for music and silence the "noise" about his company's purported harm to the recording industry.

YouTube didn't respond to request for comment.

Last month, after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, gun-control activists put pressure on tech companies for giving the National Rifle Association a platform to express its views. 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 auto rental company Hertz, to cut ties with gun manufacturers and the National Rifle Association.

  • Terrell Bush