Just over a month after the tragic Parkland shooting that left 17 people dead, YouTube has changed its policies on videos regarding guns.
“YouTube prohibits certain kinds of content featuring firearms,” they stated.
Here are their specific guidelines on content that is banned from their platform:
- 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.
YouTube also provided a link for people to “report videos that you believe violate this policy.”
This poses a serious issue for channels who rely on gun sponsorships in their content to make a living. They will now have to delete a substantial portion of their video library to avoid being flagged and possibly banned by YouTube.
The platform allows for three strikes with the third leading to a permanent loss of the channel.