A prominent gun-related video blogger is sounding the alarm about new rules imposed by YouTube upon content creators that will make it very difficult to maintain any firearms-related content to remain on the platform.
YouTube has created new guidelines regarding gun-related content that are more restrictive than the previous rules. They can be viewed here and read as follows:
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.
A video blogger for The Gun Collective explained how hazardous these new rules will be to content creators on Youtube who feature firearms in their video submissions.
“If you show how to complete an 80 percent gun, say good-bye. If you show how to reload ammo, say good-bye!” The video blogger exclaimed, reiterating that this is a big deal.
He argues that the open-ended nature of these new rules can be extended limitlessly to restrict the open expression of content creators.
“This is insane. Think about it this way: Someone could argue that simply inserting a magazine into a gun is showing how to install that accessory. Someone could argue that simply taking the gun apart and reassembling it would be demonstrating how to build it,” he said, claiming that these new rules will likely destroy all educational and safety videos pertaining to firearms on YouTube.
The blogger also noted how other social media platforms are engaging in similar policies. He believes that this will have serious ramifications on the gun industry and does not know if this can be stopped. He urges consumers to speak out anyway.
“This is one of the largest controllers of Internet traffic — Google — silencing an entire law-abiding industry,” he said.
In recent months, it has become increasingly clear that if you are a supporter of the Bill of Rights in this day and age, you will eventually be targeted by Big Brother to have your freedoms snuffed out in cyberspace.
Originally Published at Populist Brief.