In the wake of the school shooting in Florida last month, YouTube has quietly announced that it will ban all videos that promote the sale or manufacture of firearms and their accessories.
“We routinely make updates and adjustments to our enforcement guidelines across all of our policies,” a YouTube spokeswoman said in a statement. “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.”
The video giant said it will begin to enforce the new policy in April, though there have been reports that some sites have already had their accounts suspended.
Gun rights enthusiasts called YouTube’s decision “censorship” and an assault on free speech.