YouTube has removed and banned videos tutorials showing how to make rifles deadly by using a device called “bump stocks” following the Las Vegas mass shooting that left 58 dead and 489 others injured.
Modding allows bump firing. Semi-automatic weapons can fire in the same way as fully automatic guns. The trigger is activated quickly by the gun’s kickback. Federal law does not ban the technique. However, it has come under greater scrutiny since Stephen Paddock, a Mandalay Bay shooter, used it to fire hundreds upon a Mandalay Bay crowd.
Since then, the shooting has been deemed to be the most fatally committed in American history. California Senator Diane Feinstein later declared that the technology was necessary to be banned. The NRA reacted by calling for regulation similar those that regulate guns, but not a complete ban.
YouTube provided a statement to TechCrunch confirming the ban. A spokesperson for YouTube said that the company has had a policy against dangerous and harmful content since its inception. “In the wake the Las Vegas tragedy, we looked closely at videos that show how to convert firearms to fire faster and we increased our existing policy to ban these videos.”
The spokesperson pointed out that the ban is not entirely new. It’s simply an extension of existing rules. The site’s new ban on bump stock joins existing guidelines that include links to firearm sales and bump stocks. The site allows the public to flag videos that violate its community guidelines and request removal.