The pressure is mounting for conservatives and second amendment activists on social media platforms. Twitter has been consistently shutting down or shadow banning accounts that express a pro-2A viewpoint. Media personalities like Dan Bongino (NRATV) have been banned from running ads on Twitter.
Most recently (and perhaps most disturbing to date) YouTube has begun banning the accounts of businesses and professionally licensed firearms instructors that demonstrate weapons use or provide information about gun use. These are legitimate businesses with Redstate’s Brandon Morse says this “crazy-train to the hard left” can be found in YouTube’s Terms of Service.
YouTube prohibits certain kinds of content featuring firearms. Specifically, we don’t allow 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.
However, while YouTube is banning law-abiding, legal citizens from harmless demonstrations legal products, they seem to have made no move to ban the movies they sell that glorify gun violence. A simple search for “military films” – which almost always depict gun use, gun assemblage and gun violence of some sort – yields over 1.2 million results. A search for “action films full movie” gets about 243,000,000 results. The images are nearly exclusively of people menacingly pointing weapons.
Gun-heavy action film John Wick is available on YouTube for $2.99 . This movie isn’t explicitly selling guns, but isn’t it? Isn’t every Hollywood movie selling us something? A fantasy, a lifestyle, fashion, cars, cigarettes.
Action films like John Wick also show gun assemblage, characters teaching other characters how to use high-capacity weapons, how to modify weapons…etc. etc. All of these things in the YouTube terms of service are present in nearly every action movie with guns that you might use.
Is YouTube planning on banning these movies? Will they forgo their movie rental profits in order to be consistent about their message?
Surely, we all know the answer to that.