Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

YouTube Removing 'Bump Stock' Videos Showing How to Make Guns Fire Faster

YouTube Removing 'Bump Stock' Videos Showing How to Make Guns Fire Faster

YouTube has removed video tutorials that teaches how to modify guns, including instructional videos to convert semiautomatic rifles to work almost as fully automatic ones using a device called bump stock. The policy change can now be seen in the company's community guidelines.

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

Following the deadly massacre in Las Vegas last week, YouTube has begun banning videos that depict tutorials on gun modification. The move comes in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting - the deadliest in USA history - in which Stephen Paddock used guns fitted with bump stocks to increase the firing rate of his weapons.

However YouTube hasn't taken down all videos related to bump stocks, as there are informative and demonstrative videos available on the site, according to a quick search performed at the time of writing Tuesday.

"We have long had a policy against harmful and unsafe content", a YouTube spokesman said in an emailed statement.

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This announcement by YouTube comes as internet giants like the Google-owned video site, Facebook and Google itself are being pressured to act regarding illegal and extremist content making its way onto their respective platforms. Following the mass shooting, which left dozens dead and hundreds injured, a clamp-down has been introduced.

Since it costs only $100 and if you have the instructions correct, a bump stock lets you convert your semi-automatic into an automatic weapon.

A bump stock increases the number of bullets a rifle can fire by adapting it so it can automatically re-fire.

We asked YouTube to clarify its policies regarding the gun modification videos that remain online, and we'll update if the company responds directly.

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