YouTube has increased its crackdown on all things remotely offensive to the more sensitive among us by seeing to it that gun-related content is heavily restricted.
Google/YouTube’s crazy-train to the hard left has been chugging along furiously, punishing content that disagrees with their left-leaning sensibilities while allowing videos that do promote racism, bigotry, etc, to remain healthily monetized and even featured.
In summary, if your videos or channel feature content related to firearm sales, instructions on how to build a firearm, or content on how to install accessories, you’re cooked according to YouTube’s TOS:
YouTube prohibits certain kinds of content featuring firearms. Specifically, we don’t allow content that:
Intends to sell firearms or certain firearms accessories through direct sales (e.g., private sales by individuals) or links to sites that sell these items. These accessories include but may not be limited to accessories that enable a firearm to simulate automatic fire or convert a firearm to automatic fire (e.g., bump stocks, gatling triggers, drop-in auto sears, conversion kits), and high capacity magazines (i.e., magazines or belts carrying more than 30 rounds).
Provides instructions on manufacturing a firearm, ammunition, high capacity magazine, homemade silencers/suppressors, or certain firearms accessories such as those listed above. This also includes instructions on how to convert a firearm to automatic or simulated automatic firing capabilities.
Shows users how to install the above-mentioned accessories or modifications.
As first reported by The Federalist, channels are already being hit with content censorship, demonetization, and channel suspension. Spike Tactical posted to their Facebook page that their channel has already been suspended by YouTube for its content.
Strangely, some firearm YouTube channels are packing up shop and moving to the last place you might expect to find them.
Gun channel “InRangeTV” has moved their videos to the video/social media platform of PornHub.
While this seems like an odd choice, the Reddit user who noticed the In Range’s move to the top network of nudity might have done so, not as a prank or joke, but a well thought out strategy of putting content in a place where free speech is — for all intents and purposes — an important part of the site.
“[If I recall correctly], PornHub is owned by a Luxembourg based company called MindGeek which has a massive content delivery network for rather obvious reasons,” noted Reddit user AntifaArePathetic. “I’d hope that the company hosting probably 95% of streaming porn to the WWW in all sorts of fetishes would have a hard line on free speech/censorship.”
It’s highly doubtful that a site dedicated to pornography would allow a sudden surge of content from users who have no intention of uploading anything short of pornography, however, if AntifaArePathetic’s comments about the parent company “MindGeek” are accurate, then this may spark the company to begin its own video uploading and streaming service that could rival YouTube.
Oddly, MindGeek’s sites are host to some of the internet’s most visited sites — some for less than reputable reasons — and the company has racked up a bit of a positive reputation among the internet’s denizens. Creating a video content platform where free speech would reign without worry of censorship or political favoritism could strike a serious blow to YouTube’s hard left leaning platform.
Time will tell what happens, and this development may continue to get way more interesting than anyone anticipated.