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YouTube is updating its policy on firearm videos in an effort to keep underage users from accessing potentially dangerous content, including videos showing homemade guns.

In its updated policy published late last week, the firm said that starting on June 18, certain content showing how to remove safety devices will be prohibited. “Content showing the use of homemade firearms, automatic firearms, and certain firearm accessories will be age-restricted.”

It noted further that content intended to sell firearms, instruct viewers on how to make firearms, ammunition, and certain accessories, or instruct viewers on how to install those accessories is not allowed on YouTube.

It said: “YouTube also doesn’t allow live streams that show someone holding, handling, or transporting a firearm.”

YouTube said while the content doesn’t violate the company’s policies, it may not be appropriate for viewers under 18.

It listed age-restricted content as follows-

Content showing use of a homemade firearm (e.g. 3D printed gun), an automatic firearm, or any of the below accessories:

  • Accessories that enable a firearm to simulate automatic fire
  • Accessories that convert a firearm to automatic fire, such as: bump stocks, gatling triggers, drop-in auto sears, or conversion kits
  • High capacity magazines
  • Homemade silencers/suppressors

It also included firing of a fully autimatic rifle and firing of a high capacity magazine.

On May 28, Canadian Vlogger Christopher “Chris Must List” Hughes was questioned by local police in connection with the contents of videos he shared on social media sites with him interacting with gangs that operate in Trinidad. 

The Canadian YouTube vlogger, who has over 300,000 subscribers on YouTube, was in Trinidad and shared several videos on his YouTube channel over the past couple weeks. 

On May 30, the police revealed that he had been charged with sedition. He’s currently out on bail while awaiting trial.

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