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YouTube bans gun conversion tutorials

YouTube bans gun conversion tutorials

The decision comes after the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas last week where the shooter, Stephen Paddock, used a bump stock rifle.

The company will also ban videos that sell and promote firearms as well as conversion devices and bump stocks - both of which allow semi-automatic guns to fire more similarly to automatic ones. Before YouTube made this move, the company's guidelines had said it banned "content that intends to incite violence or encourage unsafe or illegal activities that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death". Whether it relies on manual reviews, or awaits reports of offending videos from YouTube users, the task is a Herculean one, and at the moment there are still plenty of bump stock videos available to view on the platform.

Yet hours later, numerous videos demonstrating how to equip a rifle with a bump stock and how to fire it could be found with only cursory searches.

The company is updating its community guidelines to further clarify the policy change.

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The company says that the decision is an expansion of a pre-existing policy it has against "harmful and unsafe content".

The Google-owned video site has been used to share instructional video showing how to adapt guns in the same way. Some have hundreds of thousands of views.

In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, YouTube is prohibiting videos that show how to install devices to make weapons fire faster, CNet reveals. By only banning videos specific to the mass shooting, it indicates that the video-sharing service will take action toward curbing risky content - in the aftermath of a deadly event related to said content.

The video-sharing site made the move by expanding its existing policy against violence-inciting content. While getting an automatic weapon is not that easy in the US, gun modification lets you get around the hurdle.