YouTube new video restrictions sees gun bloggers go to Pornhub

In recent times Pornhub seems to have become home to a sexual education forum, fascinating data insights and political adverts, and now it may add gun videos to its resume after YouTube’s ban on gun videos led to many uploading content on the adult video-streaming site.

At the end of March, YouTube announced that it will be introducing tighter restrictions on videos that promote the sale of guns and accessories and how to assemble them.

The site will block videos that mention websites that sell firearms and accessories such as the controversial bump stocks, as well as any videos containing instructions on assembly of guns.  

 YouTube’s upcoming restrictions on gun videos have seen many gun bloggers turn to Pornhub

Other bans include restrictions on videos that show how to turn a weapon into an automatic firearm, or one that simulates automatic fire, and videos that show how people can make homemade silencers. 

The move comes just before Saturday March 24, March For Our Lives protest that will call for more gun control after the Florida high school shooting in which 17 people were killed.

‘We routinely make updates and adjustments to our enforcement guidelines across all of our policies. 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,’ a YouTube spokesman said in a statement. 

YouTube’s new guidelines are meant to be implemented on April 20 but it looks as if some bloggers are already seeing them in action.

‘YouTube’s newly released 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,’ wrote InRangeTV in a Facebook statement, a gun review site.

Karl Kasarda and Ian McCollum, who run InRangeTV, went on to say that it now uploads videos on Facebook and Pornhub.

‘PornHub has a history of being a proactive voice in the online community, as well as operating a resilient and robust video streaming platform.’

Kasarda and McCollum added that they had no intention to monetise their videos on Pornhub.

 Videos promoting sale of guns and assembly of gun accessories on YouTube will be banned

 Videos promoting sale of guns and assembly of gun accessories on YouTube will be banned

‘We will not be seeking any monetization from PornHub and do not know what their monetization policies are, we are merely looking for a safe harbor for our content and for our viewers,’ they said.

It is not yet clear how Pornhub will respond to the influx of gun demonstrations and assembly videos. 

On its content removal page, the site says reasons for content removal include when there a victim of ‘revenge porn, blackmailing or intimidation’ or copyright infringement.

This wouldn’t be the first time Pornhub played host to videos that would seem out of place. At the end of 2017, pirated videos of Broadway hit Hamilton’s first act, and film Zootopia, appeared on Pornhub. 

More recently, Pornhub Insights revealed that searches related to the popular shooter game, Fortnite, have skyrocketed by 834 percent.