YouTube Bans Videos About Firearms Amid Gun Control Debate

YouTube is tightening its restrictions for content about guns and now forbids videos about the selling and making of firearms, ammunition and accessories.

The Google-owned video sharing site recently banned videos about how to convert firearms to make them fire more quickly, such as bump stocks. The Justice Department recently took action to ban the devices that speed up the pace of gunfire and allow semi-automatic guns to fire at a rate that mimics a fully automatic firearm.

These new restrictions, which take effect next month, prevent videos involving direct sales of firearms or certain firearms accessories, as well as videos that link to firearms sales sites. Videos that show how to make and modify firearms are banned, also.

YouTube’s move comes as gun control supporters have increasingly targeted tech firms in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla. last month that left 17 students and staff dead. Last month, gun control supporters attempted to pressure Amazon, Apple and Google to drop the NRAtv channel from its streaming video devices.

The new firearms video restrictions are an update of some already-established prohibitions regarding content about guns, the company says.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Mike Snider