YouTube’s recent ban on certain firearms-oriented content has already led to videos being removed and some channels being suspended. The new restrictions are far-reaching, prohibiting content that shows how guns, ammunition, high-capacity magazines, and homemade silencers are made, as well as those designed to sell guns or specific accessories, or demonstrate how to convert a firearm to an automatic.
The new policy has angered some YouTube creators and viewers, leading them to seek out alternatives for sharing their videos.
One such alternative that some have turned to is PornHub.
Karl Kasarda and Ian McCollum, the pair behind InRangeTV, a gun review site, stated they have started posting some of their videos on PornHub, a pornography site.
“YouTube’s newly released vague and one-sided firearms policy makes it abundantly clear that YouTube cannot be counted upon to be a safe harbor for a wide variety of views and subject matter,” they stated. “PornHub has a history of being a proactive voice in the online community, as well as operating a resilient and robust video streaming platform.”
“We will not be seeking any monetization from PornHub,” the pair said in a statement, as reported by the BBC. “We are merely looking for a safe harbor for our content and for our viewers.”
They also said they are placing their videos on Facebook.
YouTube, according to their policy, now prohibits content that:
“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.”
Users also have the ability to report content that violates the policy by flagging the video.