YouTube is updating its restrictions on gun-related content, prohibiting videos that aim to sell firearms and firearm accessories via private sales or offer instructions on building a firearm, ammunition, or firearm accessories. The company will also block videos that promote or link to websites that sell firearms or some accessories.
"We routinely make updates and adjustments to our enforcement guidelines across all of our policies", the spokeswoman said.
In an interview with Bloomberg, the boss of the forthcoming revamped YouTube music service said there'll be a dramatic increase in ads played between songs. The new policy, developed with expert advice over the past four months, will go into effect next month, it said.
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YouTube's decision to tighten restrictions on gun videos comes with heightened tension in the United States gun debate. New comments from YouTube's head of music today detail how it plans to attract those who already use the video site as a music streaming service, for example by offering exclusive content. According to Youtube, these videos and channels may have been removed because of other violations. YouTube introduced this feature at the right time since live streaming is heating up nowadays with competitors like Twitch for game streams, Twitter's Periscope, and Facebook Live, all vying for a piece of the action.
The dedicated gun channel InRange TV expressed its frustration with YouTube's new "extremely poorly worded and open ended" policy. Especially worrisome is the potential for blocking educational content that serves an instructional and skill-building goal.
"Much like Facebook, YouTube now acts as a virtual public square".