YouTube bans gun modification videos after Las Vegas tragedy

YouTube bans gun modification videos after Las Vegas tragedy

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.

  • Bob Bobinson

    Does news organization include scarce or Philip Defranco?

  • Wow Youtube, pathetic…

  • cardboardhotbox

    seriously if “news organisations” only means cnn and shit fuck you youtube, there is more than just mainstream news now bro

  • Tim Wood

    YouTube is a Joke now.

  • Jason

    where does something begin and end to be defined as organised “news”? Isn’t “spin” a form of False information wirh potentially damaging consequences? We are toying with the Truth as much as we toy with Fallacy when we begin to try to limit spread of information with loose criteria. Corp controlled Mass media org are not the measuring stick we should be using for Truth in journalism. We are heading into dangerous territory. When access to information is “limited”, it becomes even more widespread. Do not believe in the False promises of political correctness and this new online”Fake News”-filtered info utopia that is being pitched of late.

  • Roger Terrance

    So if someone posts a video you don’t agree with now they are called “Nutjobs”? Sounds like the USSR

  • Jeff Heeszel

    There is nothing illegal with these videos and they were definitely within the guidelines. Youtube has issued community guideline strikes, and deleted many “bump stock” videos that were posted YEARS ago by some large channels, WITHOUT ANY WARNING. It’s the same thing they did to Joerg Sprave a few months ago. A knee-jerk reaction. Again, modifying guns is NOT illegal as long as you follow ATF guidelines, not what YOUTUBE thinks is illegal.

  • রঙ এর গান- Ronger Ga

    YouTube is a Joke now……….