Gun Control: YouTube Goes After Weapon Modification Videos Following Las Vegas Shooting

"In the wake of the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, we took a closer look at videos that demonstrate how to convert firearms to make them fire more quickly and we expanded our policy to prohibit these videos", a spokesperson for YouTube told TechCrunch. Yet hours after the announcement, the site still hosted numerous videos showing how to install and use the devices.

"We have long had a policy against harmful and unsafe content", a YouTube spokesman said in an emailed statement. However like we said, following the shootings in Las Vegas, YouTube has chose to revisit their policy and are now banning such videos and removing existing content.

Fully legal under current United States law, bump stocks are an cheap way to allow a semi-automatic rifle to operate similarly to a fully automatic weapon that would be hard for regular citizens to obtain. Until this week, YouTube users could learn how to add the modification to a gun through videos on its platform. A bump stock adapts a rifle by making it so the gun can fire automatically, using the gun's kickback to rapidly activate the trigger.

In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, YouTube has swiftly enacted multiple policy updates, including one that centers around a controversial device. The changes are being implemented a little over a week after the shooting that occurred in Las Vegas on October 1.

YouTube did not respond to a question asking whether they would remove the existing videos.

Even Google was not able to make its way out of this situation and it has also faced trouble after shooting, for promoting misinformation in its "Top News" section. The German Parliament recently voted to fine tech giants 50 million euros if they don't take down offensive content within a certain time frame.

In 2013, Ireland established algorithms that delete material related to child abuse and pedophilia.

Vanessa Coleman

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