YouTube has banned videos relating to “bump stocks,” devices that help to increase firing speed on semi-automatic weapons.
The change comes in response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival earlier this month, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The gunman had used bump stock devices to modify his firearms.
“We have long had a policy against harmful and dangerous content,” a spokesperson for YouTube said. “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 policy specifically covers videos about the installation of such devices. Many non-instructional videos about bump stocks still exist on the platform.
In the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, YouTube was highly criticized for the results displayed when someone searched “Las Vegas shooting.” Eyewitness footage was interspersed with conspiracy theories, while clickbait titles and thumbnails made it difficult to decipher news from nutjobs.
The platform quickly adjusted the algorithm to favor content from news organizations.