The folks over at Spike’s Tactical aren’t exactly known for being demure members of the Second Amendment community. Frankly, that’s a good thing. I like their “middle finger to the gun grabbers” style.
As such, you had to know they’d have an opinion on YouTube’s new policy regarding gun videos.
YouTube bans, censors major gun manufacturer without warning
When thousands of Spike’s Tactical followers now attempt to visit the company’s YouTube channel, a red banner says, “This account has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy against spam, deceptive practices, and misleading content or other Terms of Service violations.”
However, according to representatives from Spike’s Tactical, they claim they have not received any prior warnings about the content of their channel and feel they are being targeted because they are a gun manufacturer and for their vocal support for conservative issues.
“This is without question an attack on free speech,” said Kit Cope, marketing director of Spike’s Tactical. “We feel strongly that after they get done going after guns, they’ll continue to ban and erase content that falls in line with conservative ideologies like they have already demonstrated with the deletion of anti-abortion videos and the like.”
While Spike’s Tactical has been known for delivering controversial marketing materials across other mediums, their YouTube page has remained nearly entirely educational and served the purpose of demonstrating their products.
“While we rarely believe in government intervention, with the recent exposure of Google, YouTube and Facebook’s power and their demonstrated manipulation of the masses, we believe something needs to be done to ensure the public is able to continue to be able to express themselves freely, even if it is something we don’t necessarily agree with, but especially when it is something that is constitutionally defined as a right,” said Cope.
In addition to this recent issue with YouTube, Facebook has continually prohibited Spike’s Tactical for paying to boost their posts because they are a gun manufacturer, representatives from the company said.
To be clear, I believe companies have a right to take any position they want. Just as Spike’s makes it clear they’re not fans of anti-gun leftists, YouTube and Facebook do have a right to be as anti-gun as they want to be.
However, we also live in a society where we’re all free to tell them just how much they suck for doing it. We can also start shopping around for alternatives for those services.
I’m seeing a lot of people looking for new places to watch gun videos, particularly those like the one’s put out by Spike’s Tactical. People use those videos to educate themselves, and as YouTube places more and more restrictions, it’ll simply encourage those gun channels to relocate.
Thanks to services like Patreon, even those who do videos for a living aren’t beholden to YouTube’s ad revenue to pay their bills. They can get money directly from their viewers.
YouTube may have just made a major mistake.