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YouTube is taking down conspiracy theorist channels and popular gun videos
Looks like that whole “content moderation” thing wasn't a joke after all.

n the wake of the February 14 Parkland, FL school shooting, YouTube has banned a considerable number of the most egregious conspiracy peddlers and alt-righters from its ranks. The company also issued “warning strikes” and partial suspensions to a number of other channels, at least one of which was gun-focused. The move comes after months of scandals regarding the site’s inability to properly moderate the content published on its platform. The outcry reached a fever pitch last week when a conspiracy theory video suggesting that Parkland massacre victim David Hogg was a crisis actor was listed in the top trending spot on YouTube.

Some of the accounts that have been slapped with a complete and total ban include Anti-School, Bombard's Body Language, Charlton, Charles Walton, Defango, Dustin Nemos, David Seaman, Destroying The Illusion, Ron Johnson, Richie Allen, and Titus Frost. Those who were issued strikes, partial bans, or temporary suspensions include According to Joe, Blackstone Intelligence, BakedAlaska, InfoWars, Jerome Corsi, Military Arms Channel, and MrLTavern, among many others.

It’s worth noting that — while most of these channels may not be as large or mainstream as, say, InfoWars — the followings amassed by some of these accounts are undeniably huge. At the time of its banning, Anti-School, a conspiracy theorist channel run by recent Pratt Institute graduate Isaac Green, had over 68,000 subscribers and garnered nearly three million views a month, according to statistics tracker Social Blade. Destroying The Illusion, a conspiracy-ridden channel run by Jordan Sather, also had a significant following at the time of its banning, with well over 100,000 subscribers and almost two million monthly viewers. Both of these accounts were well known proponents of the QAnon conspiracy, an insanely popular (and absolutely bonkers) conspiracy theory which, among other things, argues that a high-ranking member of the Trump Administration has been communicating secretly with a chosen few “patriots” through 4Chan and 8Chan in an attempt to warn them about a pedophillic, cannibalistic Deep State cabal.

A number of users on Twitter, Reddit, and elsewhere have claimed that YouTube has also began banning gun-related channels en masse, but so far The Outline has only been able to confirm that warnings and individual video takedowns have been issued to one account, Military Arms Channel. According to a post made by the account owner on Facebook, three Military Arms Channel videos — "Sure Shot Exploding Targets," "MAC Opens a Gun Shop - Copper Custom," and "New Kel-Tec RDB Bullpup” — were removed from YouTube on February 20 following a review by YouTube moderators. The channel has nearly 700,000 subscribers and well over a 100 million monthly views, according to Social Blade....
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....Today Youtube has started to roll out bans on gun sales, accessories and howto channels. Reddit followed with multiple bans on content including sales of multiple products.

Youtube policy update.


Intends to sell firearms or certain firearms accessories through direct sales (e.g., private sales by individuals) or links to sites that sell these items. These accessories include but may not be limited to accessories that enable a firearm to simulate automatic fire or convert a firearm to automatic fire (e.g., bump stocks, gatling triggers, drop-in auto sears, conversion kits), and high capacity magazines (i.e., magazines or belts carrying more than 30 rounds).

Provides instructions on manufacturing a firearm, ammunition, high capacity magazine, homemade silencers/suppressors, or certain firearms accessories such as those listed above.

This also includes instructions on how to convert a firearm to automatic or simulated automatic firing capabilities.

Shows users how to install the above-mentioned accessories or modifications.

Reddit policy update.


We want to let you know that we have made a new addition to our content policy forbidding transactions for certain goods and services. As of today, users may not use Reddit to solicit or facilitate any transaction or gift involving certain goods and services, including:

* Firearms, ammunition, or explosives;
* Drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, or any controlled substances
* Paid services involving physical sexual contact;
* Stolen goods;
* Personal information;
* Falsified official documents or currency

Hope is the dream of the waking man.

For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
Job 14:6-8
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