YouTube Banning Gun Videos

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Fewer than 48 hours after YouTube announced a tightened policy concerning gun-related content on its platform, creators are feeling the effects and scrambling for solutions, no matter how out of the box they may seem. "This is really bad", wrote Full30, a gun video publisher. The platform is more widely known for its pre-recorded content, while its main competitor Twitch continues to be the platform of choice for most video game streamers.

Cohen said that the new service, now being used by Google employees, will "frustrate and seduce" free users of YouTube, including exclusive videos, playlists and other offerings to appeal to listeners.

Google's decision to invest in a media literacy project comes at an especially interesting and troubling time for YouTube.

"YouTube prohibits certain kinds of content featuring firearms", the company now says on its website.

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However, as of Tuesday afternoon, Spike's Tactical's YouTube account appeared to be back up and running. The company had already banned videos that attempted to sell firearms.

"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", InRange TV wrote.

Spike's Tactical maintains the company uses the YouTube channel for educational purposes and to demonstrate their products. PornHub didn't immediately return a request for comment on the matter.

The announcement was made by YouTube just days before Saturday's March For Our Lives rallies begin nationwide, an event organized by gun control advocates following a mass-shooting February 14 at a high school in Parkland, Florida. 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 vehicle rental company Hertz, to cut ties with gun manufacturers and the National Rifle Association.

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