YouTube Bans Videos That Promote, Link to Websites Selling Guns, Accessories

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Specifically, the company will no longer allow content that "Intends to sell firearms or certain firearms accessories through direct sales.or links to sites that sell these items".

YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc.'s Google, has faced public scrutiny for hosting videos that endorse and sponsor firearms and accessories like bump stocks, firearm assembly instructions and other weapons, including bombs, Bloomberg reported this week.

The new policies will begin to take effect next month.

"For a specific subset of users who use YouTube like a paid music service today - and would benefit most from additional features - we may show more ads or promotional prompts to upsell to our paid service", the company said.

YouTube's latest update makes it easier than ever to jump straight into a live-stream, including straight from your camera smartphone. "YouTube's policy announcement has also served to invite political activists to flood their review staff with complaints about any video to which they may proffer manufactured outrage", NSSF released in a statement.

The move to ban firearm demos dovetails with the media platform's desire to "prohibit videos with instructions on how to assemble firearms". With more than ten years of marketing management experience, she has contributed to a variety of traditional and online publications, including,, and Sales and Marketing Management Magazine.

Though it's listed among racier clips common to a porn site, the video appears exactly as it does on YouTube.

Some gun enthusiasts have already seen their pages suspended, although Youtube does not plan on fully enforcing the changes until April.

"The liberal left will slowly chip away at our freedoms and erode our rights, and the first step is to squelch our voice", Florida-based gun manufacturer, Spike's Tactical wrote on Facebook. "The exercise of what amounts to censorship, then, can legitimately be viewed as the stifling of commercial free speech, which has constitutional protection", the foundation says in a statement.

"Regardless of if you think firearms should be legal or not is not relevant to the point I'm about to make". The platform has been gradually increasing restrictions on certain gun videos. YouTube offered paid music service for some time but it does not offer the service like Spotify or Apple Music.