YouTube has launched new restrictions that are putting all gun related channels at risk of disappearing forever.

In a blog post, YouTube announced they will pull all ads from gun related videos.

“For millions of creators, making videos on YouTube isn’t just a creative outlet, it’s a source of income. We set up the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) in 2007. Today, more creators are making a living on YouTube than ever before. However, with this growth we’ve started seeing cases of abuse where great, original content is re-uploaded by others who try to earn revenue from it. To help protect creator revenue, we recently made it easy for anyone to report an impersonating channel. To date, this change has helped us terminate hundreds of thousands of channels violating our policies. Now, we’re taking another step to protect creators by updating the thresholds required to join the YouTube Partner Program.”

So, what does that mean?

According to the statement released by YouTube, “After a creator hits 10k lifetime views on their channel, we’ll review their activity against our policies. If everything looks good, we’ll bring this channel into YPP and begin serving ads against their content. Together these new thresholds will help ensure revenue only flows to creators who are playing by the rules.”

While some gun channels will be able to stick around, a majority of creators will suffer greatly. Creators will no longer be able to devote all their time making videos you enjoy and will likely have to find a new way to pay the bills or cover filming costs.

Until now, the Partner Program was opened to anyone with a YouTube account, and allowed creators to start getting paid almost immediately for ads ran on their videos. Due to the severe push-back YouTube and Google received for ads appearing on inappropriate videos, the company will now begin enforcing under stricter guidelines.

These stricter guidelines seem to be a blanket solution that gives Google and YouTube the power to better police content, even blocking channels from the partner program altogether. . .

Note: It’s not just the guns they’re going after. It appears that, according to Gizmodo.com, YouTube is also blocking some LGBT content as well. . .

As far as the guns, we’ve reached out to YouTube for comment after several of our partners in the gun community were monetized for their gun related content, but have not received a response back yet. As of now, there is no indication if the change is temporary or permanent, but this certainly speaks volumes to the YouTube creator community.

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13 thoughts on “Big Story: YouTube Launches New Advertising Restrictions On Gun Channels

  1. are all geeks insensitive to gun owners,you tube has helped many to repair invest and understand guns fromwhere they came and so on education in this field is paromount.please reconsider this safety and proper use along with entertainment is what is important,dont lose this

  2. Answer is simple, put up your own blog, embed the videos and run ads from “other” sources on the video page. Place a notice below the video with a link to the page on your own blog/website and ask all viewers to watch from there. Sign up for all the ad services and embed ads on your page yourself, it is super easy. Problem solved and it is not going to cost you more then a few bucks per month for a web hosting company to host your wordpress based blog.

    If youtube will not serve remote embedded videos change to vimeo.

    Be sure to exchange links with other gun related blogs so we can have a non google way to find gun related video content.

    1. I have a hosted website with a professional package, have for years. Even ran my own server for several years, videos will not play with required bandwidth. Hosting companies cannot provide the speeds that Youtube can. It’s a monopoly. And running your own server will cost a fortune from your ISP. Youtube is smooth video play.

      1. Don’t be too sure of that. Yes they are private companies, but that does not allow them to step on the rights of others. If a bakery can successfully be sued to make a cake with a particular message then it would seem there is precedent for suing google or youtube.

      2. While I agree, I think they are still at risk because they approach size and control of a monopoly. When that happens, additional regulations typically apply.

  3. i have had sites like discus, twitter and others deny my post because it was sticking up for the gun culture. in my opinion while it is their right to restrict posting because they are private and certainly can allow or disallow content for their own guide lines, we can still fight back. how? take money out of their pocket. i my self refuse to enter any site that is anti gun or has anti gun policies. same goes for businesses that i frequent. i just will not support those sites or businesses that are anti gun.

    i think the pro gun culture is around 60% now. if we organize and maybe even have a site that shows what businesses are anti gun and pro gun so we can take the fight and use something, they dearly like away, namely money we will see a big change happen as to how many sites are anti gun. organize, and educate gun owners as to what companies are anti gun as as a culture refuse to give those places our hard earned money they will start to have a change of heart as to what sort of content is on their sites. again do not support anti gun sites, we are a huge part of the supply and demand crowd, that gives us a huge advantage in shaping what we see and hear.

  4. I understand this is a business, but it’s also about free speech, knowledge and training. Folks who do those things, need to pay their costs in some way. It sucks to see the Snowflake speech Nazis doing everything they can to stifle speech they don’t agree with.

    1. want to start being anti-gun liberals? Facebook is ran by nothing but liberals. It’s what happens when you get so rich that you start playing GOD. If liberals got their way all the time , USA wouldn’t be USA any longer. I bet you anything that the liberals running facebook has armed security.

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