YouTube isn’t a stranger to banning firearm-related content, and now they’ve broadened their reach to include a number of different things from videos showing how to install bump stocks to teaching how to reload ammunition.
Under the new restrictions, accessories that cannot be featured in videos that intend “to sell firearms or certain firearms accessories through direct sales” or “links to sites that sell these items” include those that enable a firearm to simulate automatic fire or convert a firearm to automatic fire (including bump stocks, gatling triggers, drop-in auto sears, and conversion kits), and high-capacity magazines. Videos can also no longer provide instructions on converting firearms to automatic or simulated automatic firing, manufacturing firearms, ammunition, silencers, and the aforementioned accessories. Lastly, videos cannot show users how to install these accessories.
YouTube doesn’t want videos on it’s platform that “have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death,”…..
“YouTube doesn’t allow content that encourages or promotes violence or dangerous acts that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death …” said a letter from Youtube to Spike’s Tactical that the gun manufacturer posted on Facebook. “The only depictions of such activities that we may allow need to be educational or documentary in nature and shouldn’t be designed to help or encourage others to imitate them … Please be aware that you are prohibited from accessing, possessing or creating any other YouTube accounts.”
If this is the case, they should probably ban these types of videos as well:
Speeding down the highway on a motorcycle, risking other lives on the road
Chainsaw on a rope. Need we say more?
A guy downing an entire bottle of Jack Daniel’s
But have no fear, (ex)-YouTubers, because there’s a place where you can do everything that you want to do in the firearms world, because YouTube clearly isn’t that place anymore:
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As attacks on our 2nd Amendment continue, it is more important than ever for the outdoor industry to have a trusted, dedicated video platform like GetZone.com.
If you’re a banned YouTuber or you know someone who is, now is the time to contact GetZone.com’s editor, Sammy Reese, to get your videos hosted on GetZone.com. Don’t let all that hard work and money you invested into creating those videos go to waste. Share them with GetZone.com’s viewers, on a platform that supports the 2nd Amendment.
“While YouTube continues to shut down gun related content there is a tremendous amount of quality firearms, training and hunting information that producers need to distribute and viewers need to see,” said Sammy Reese, Editorial Director of GetZone.com.
GetZone.com is already an established pro-2A site with proven traffic and demand that will allow producers to monetize their content and remain in front of the right audiences. Our ability to scale makes us an integral option for editorial content producers as well as manufacturers and information/service providers.
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