Published: Wed, March 28, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Wildly popular 'Fortnite' video game breaks YouTube streaming record

Wildly popular 'Fortnite' video game breaks YouTube streaming record

YouTube, a popular media site for firearms enthusiasts, this week quietly introduced tighter restrictions on videos involving weapons, becoming the latest battleground in the USA gun-control debate.

A stepped-up ban includes videos involving direct sales of guns or those with links to sites that sell them.

For many gun-rights supporters, YouTube has been a haven.

Following the mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017, YouTube took action by removing videos instructing how to install bump stocks, the gun modification used by the shooter to fire bullets faster.

InRangeTV's videos that weren't deemed in violation of the YouTube ban remain on the site.

Unwilling to let their content go to waste in the absence of a more conventional platform, InRangeTV - a maker of both instructional and promotional firearm videos - have found a new, if only temporary, home for their controversial content.

"While we've long prohibited the sale of firearms", a spokesperson for YouTube said in a statement, "we recently notified creators of updates we will be making around content promoting the sale or manufacture of firearms and their accessories, specifically, items like ammunition, gatling triggers, and drop-in auto sears". The other record broken by Fortnite was for the title of the biggest ever single live gaming stream on YouTube.

InRange TV, a gun-focused YouTube channel that has almost 145,000 subscribers, has begun posting content onto PornHub, USA Today reports.

InRange TV posted that "YouTube's newly-released vague and one-sided firearms policy makes it abundantly clear that YouTube can not be counted upon to be a safe harbor for a wide variety of views and subject matter".

Universal, Viacom and Turner did not return requests for comment on their YouTube ad practices.

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