Gun Videos Have Been Banned From YouTube, Only to Reappear on Pornhub

By Tom Pritchard on at

In the wake of the many mass shootings that have taken place in the US over the past several months, YouTube has made several changes to its terms and conditions with regard to gun-related videos. Many of them are now banned from the site, but the problem is that they've just started appearing on Pornhub instead.

YouTube's new rules specifically ban demo videos and how-tos related to guns and gun modifications, along with a blanket ban on links to other sites that sell guns. Because of this several channels have seen their videos removed, some of which are coming down unintentionally having not broken any of the new rules. And obviously the creators of those videos don't want their content to disappear forever, which is why it's ending up on Pornhub.

Pornhub is basically the go-to haven for videos that might normally be taken down from other video sites. We've seen full movies, political speeches (often with funny NSFW names), leaked trailers, and all sorts of other things YouTube's trigger-happy copyright tools will pull down without warning. So it's hardly surprising that the newly banned gun videos have made their way there, even if it is a site designed to watch videos of naked people.

InRange TV, a channel that had over 100,000 subscribers, is one of the migrants, and made a statement on Facebook about the switch that criticised YouTube's new policies:

YouTube’s recent update on their policy towards firearm content is extremely poorly worded and open ended. It is unclear what their goals are directly, as well as what content is (or might be) actually effected. YouTube’s actions against firearms related, as well as some other, content over recent history has been increasingly arbitrary and capricious so there is little reason to believe that this new policy is not going to be used to hammer content creators into whatever corner they see fit.

InRange TV noted that it's publishing its content on multiple platforms, including Pornhub, and that adding to the site is not about monetisation but rather ensuring the channel has safe harbour. Apparently they don't even know what Pornhub's monetisation options are, and said nothing that implies they intend to find out.

You can bet that as YouTube cracks down more and more gun videos will pop up in bizarre locations. So start expecting more gun porn and less literal porn next time you're browsing Pornhub. [Bloomberg via The Next Web]

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