YouTube to Further Restrict Gun Videos
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If you’re looking for videos on Bump Stocks, Slide Stocks, etc, on YouTube, well, you might not find it for long. According to a report in The Telegraph, YouTube has decided to remove all videos that contain information on how to use the bump fire stock. As of the writing of this article, October 10th, 2017, if you do a search on YouTube for Bump Fire Stock, you will still find videos. How long that will last, however, is not certain.
YouTube stated, “We have long had a policy against harmful and dangerous content. In the wake of the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, we have taken a closer look at videos that demonstrate how to convert firearms to make them fire more quickly and we’ve expanded our existing policy to prohibit these videos.”
The vagueness of the terms “harmful” and “dangerous” are not lost on any observer who might find themselves on the wrong end of the interpretation of whatever computer or human monitor is making those assessments.
People who understand guns, who know what truly full auto is and what bump stocks, slide stocks, etc, actually do, already realize that bump fire, slide fire, etc, doesn’t actually convert your rifle to full auto. If you want to get as close as you can get to full auto, you would need to install a new trigger assembly that uses a binary trigger. Methods like Bump Fire and Slide Fire require a great deal of control by the user, a control that makes it awfully difficult to be accurate with your weapon when you’re using these techniques.
But facts notwithstanding, YouTube has decided to jump on board the Vegas Fear Porn scare and implement a new policy designed to protect people from having the power to convert their firearms to near-full-auto capability.
Heaven for fend that non-government people have the ability to meet potential threat from their own government with tools of defense that are comparable, or even remotely approach the capabilities of the tools the government might use against them.
This move by YouTube to further limit the dissemination of gun information on its site will, of course, only further drive gun people to alternative gun video platforms, platforms like full30.com , a gun video site I regularly use.
I couldn’t be happier with YouTube making all the more clear where they stand in their political perspective and their willingness to, more and more, filter out videos that don’t match their particular political biases. I don’t care what the motivation behind their decision is, be it a belief they’re making the right market decision or if they are intentionally using their platform to advance a political agenda.
With moves like these, YouTube and similar platforms (like Twitter, see my iTalk from October 10th 2017, here) are simply accelerating the emergence of alternative social media platforms where, ultimately, the content creator, the content consumer, and even the advertisers, have more choice. As more choice emerges, platforms like YouTube will have less power to control political narratives, if, in fact, that actually is the core motivation behind decisions such as this.
Lastly, let me offer this conclusion. YouTube does not have the power, nor will it ever, to stop the dissemination of information that people want to access. If and when all videos disappear on YouTube about Bump Fire stocks, you can bet there will be eager platform providers ready to step who will offer a place for content consumers to find that type of information.