Gun Videos Move to Pornhub After YouTube Gives Them the Boot

YouTube tightened restrictions on firearms videos after the mass shooting in Las Vegas

Since YouTube has restricted the types of firearms videos that it allows on its platform, at least one channel has shifted to uploading its videos to a porn site instead.

The gun-review channel InRangeTV told BBC that it had begun uploading its videos on Facebook and Pornhub in the months since YouTube tightened its policies following the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

“We will not be seeking any monetisation from Pornhub… we are merely looking for a safe harbour for our content and for our viewers,” read a statement from Karl Kasarda and Ian McCollum, the pair behind the channel.

YouTube’s new policies prohibit videos that show how to manufacture firearms, ammunition or certain accessories, as well as instructional videos showing how to convert a firearm to automatic or simulated automatic firing capabilities.

The Google-owned site also bars users from uploading videos intending to “sell firearms or certain firearms accessories through direct sales (e.g., private sales by individuals)” or “links to sites that sell these items.”

In a Facebook post on Thursday, InRangeTV called out YouTube for blocking gun-related videos but allowing content related to drug use.

“My point with YouTube’s policies and InRangeTV’s move is not about changing your mind on the topic of firearms ownership – it’s about the freedom of expression on the internet,” the post reads. “Why are we seeing continuing restrictions and challenges towards content about something demonstrably legal yet not against that which is clearly illegal?

The statement continued, “Why is YouTube using its position as the world’s largest and most empowering content provider and place of free expression as a tool to control the narrative so inconsistently?”