YouTube bans gun sale, tutorial videos

YouTube has placed tighter restrictions on videos concerning guns, according to Bloomberg Technology.

Bloomberg Technology on Wednesday reported that YouTube will ban videos promoting or linking to websites selling firearms and accessories.

YouTube will also forbid footage containing instructions about how to assemble such weapons, with both policies taking effect in April.

“We routinely make updates and adjustments to our enforcement guidelines across all of our policies,” a YouTube spokeswoman said in a statement.

“While we’ve long prohibited the sale of firearms, we recently notified creators of updates we will be making around content promoting the sale or manufacture of firearms and their accessories.”

At least two video bloggers say they have already been impacted by the changes, which comes days before Saturday’s March for Our Lives.

March for Our Lives is a rally by survivors of last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla. that killed 17 people.

Spike’s Tactical, a firearms company, said in a Tuesday Instagram post that YouTube had suspended its account for “repeated or severe violations” of its community guidelines.


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