True Story: YouTube’s ban on gun bloggers has led them to post on PornHub.
Just don’t Google ‘guns on Pornhub’, trust me…but if you do, you might be surprised to find that recently firearms are being used as more than sexual props.This follows the news that YouTube has announced it has started banning videos that demonstrate to people how to manufacture and/or modify guns. The site has already banned videos linked to the sale of guns and accessories.
Understandably, the decision by the world’s largest video sharing site has been met with anger and derision from some video makers, who modify guns and show off their creations as a hobby, especially as they consider that they are being scapegoated and targeted despite being law abiding citizens pursuing their rights under the auspices of the US constitution.
According to the BBC, “Prominent gun video-bloggers said the move was an erosion of US citizens’ rights, and some said they would move their content to PornHub instead.”
This new move by YouTube came by way of its latest policy announcement. YouTube has found itself under intense scrutiny since last month’s mass shooting at a high school in the US, in which 17 people died.
“While we’ve long prohibited the sale of firearms, we recently notified creators of updates we will be making around content promoting the sale or manufacture of firearms and their accessories, specifically, items like ammunition, gatling triggers, and drop-in auto sears”, YouTube said in a statement.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation as saying, “YouTube now acts as a virtual public square,” the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a private group representing gun makers, said in a statement. “The exercise of what amounts to censorship, then, can legitimately be viewed as the stifling of commercial free speech, which has constitutional protection. Such actions also impinge on the Second Amendment”.
And thus we come back to the headline. In trying to sidestep the new ban, Karl Kasarda and Ian McCollum, who run the gun review site InRangeTV, said they had started posting their videos on Facebook and pornography site PornHub. “We will not be seeking any monetization from PornHub… we are merely looking for a safe harbor for our content and for our viewers.”
Social media site Redditt has also announced it would be banning several firearms related pages.