YouTube Officially Starts Prohibiting Most Firearm-Related Content
YouTube has officially announced more bans on video content of firearms starting this week. The latest policy will now prohibit several types of content, including videos that sell firearms, feature certain accessories, or teach viewers how to manufacture their own guns.
As written, the policy could ban videos showing how to safely clean a gun and care for it, since that would require disassembling and reassembling the weapon to do so.
The policy was released Monday with little attention drawn to it, but by Tuesday afternoon, word began to spread by social media.
As of Tuesday, the latest prohibition has not caused videos from major gun manufacturers or local firearms dealers in the St. Louis area to be shut down.
On Monday, YouTube posted a new content policy on videos with firearms, stating it will no longer allowing content that:
Intend 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 or shows users how to install the above-mentioned accessories or modifications. You can read the official release from YouTube at this link.