YouTube, a popular media site for firearms enthusiasts, this week quietly introduced tighter restrictions on videos involving weapons, becoming the latest battleground in the U.S. gun-control debate.
YouTube will ban videos that promote or link to websites selling firearms and accessories, including bump stocks, which allow a semi-automatic rifle to fire faster. Additionally, YouTube said it will prohibit videos with instructions on how to assemble firearms. The video site, owned by Alphabet Inc.’s Google, has faced intense criticism for hosting videos about guns, bombs and other deadly weapons.
And they can afford it since they are global. Pissing off measly 80 million gun owners is not going to do anything but create malcontents that will backfire in the future if they are ever run foul of .Gov and need support here in the US.
But here is the kicker: They are too big. I don’t care how many and how complicated the alogarithm they design, it simply can’t watch, hear or analyze the video proper, just the keywords and titles.
Ebay stopped selling Magazines of Unusual Size and other accessories. In fact, if your auction mentions AR 15, you can eventually kiss it goodbye. Do you know how much shit is being sold for AR 15 in Ebay? Let’s say I spent a coupe of nights way too long once I figured out the search string.
Another company with a long-time tradition is Paypal:
We don’t allow PayPal members to buy or sell any kind of firearm, whether it’s in working order or not. The same goes for certain firearm parts and ammunition.
For example, using PayPal, you can’t buy or sell:
Any firearm, including rifles, shotguns, and handguns, whether they’re for sport and recreation, collectibles, or curio or relic firearms.
Firearm parts, including but not limited to receivers and frames, silencers, and kits designed to modify guns so that they fire automatically. High capacity magazines, multi-burst trigger activators, and camouflaging firearm containers are other items in this category.
Ammunition, including propellants like gunpowder or blank ammunition; ammunition or cartridge cases; and primers, bullets, or propellant powder designed for any firearm.
Stop laughing. I can hear you all the way here. You guys have no shame.
It is simple: 80 million Gun Owners are not going to be shamed into hiding. Those 80 million who are being dumped, are suddenly music to the ears of some other company that wants viewership.
Sorry, we are not going anywhere. We are like the old Gay Pride movement but with less fashion taste and many more guns than the government by a factor of hundreds.