Get ready to start seeing more local ads on YouTube

Delia Walker
March 22, 2018

YouTube has placed greater restrictions on content several times in the past year, responding to a series of issues with inappropriate and offensive videos.

The video site will no longer 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".

YouTube walks a fine line in not alienating existing users of the site.

The new rules, announced Tuesday, include making it clear that YouTube will not host videos highlighting guns or some accessories such as bump stocks or magazines capable of holding more than 30 rounds for private sale by individuals.

Cohen said that the new service, now being used by Google employees, will "frustrate and seduce" free users of YouTube, including exclusive videos, playlists and other offerings to appeal to listeners.

YouTubers like asapSCIENCE, an award-winning science channel with more than 7 million subscribers, and Smarter Every Day, another science channel with more than 5.5 million subscribers, are a couple of creators whom YouTube is planning to work with, according to a company representative. Earlier this week, YouTube Kids was criticized after a video provided its young audience with step-by-step instructions on how to create an air gun. He promises lots of videos, playlists and more.

"Well, since we've melted some snowflakes on YouTube and got banned, might as well set IG and FB on fire!", Spike's wrote on Facebook, where it has over 111,000 followers, referring to the social network and its Instagram app.

While Spike's Tactical has been known for delivering controversial marketing materials across other mediums, their YouTube page has remained almost entirely educational and served the objective of demonstrating their products. Spike's Tactical is also an outspoken opponent of Antifa.

The new policy will go into effect a month from now.

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