Our beloved tuber Hickok45 was booted off of Google+ and Youtube Wednesday for apparently violating corporate policy on firearm-related content.
The story is still developing but the old gunslinger posted on Facebook to provide a little more clarification on the sudden shutdown.
“Apparently, Google + is more sensitive about firearms related postings and such. I never use Google+ and did not even realize the videos were being posted over there, I guess,” wrote Hickok45 on Facebook.
Google bought the popular video-sharing channel in 2006 for $1.65 billion.
“I will keep you posted via Facebook here and the Hickok45andson channel. I have communicated with YouTube via email this morning, and hopefully, we’ll be able to get the channel back up soon,” continued Hickok45. “I had just posted a new video.”
We’ll keep you posted as more news develops.
But it should be noted that this may be a sign of things to come. Gun-grabbing sentiment runs rampant in corporate America and it may just be a matter of time before all our favorite platforms: Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram take a more aggressive anti-gun posture and shut off all gun-related content.
In fact, with respect to gun-related ads and the promotion of gun-related content, Facebook and Twitter have already put their foot down. As I wrote back in April of 2015, Twitter is discriminating against the gun community.
To quote from the Twitter policy directly, “Twitter prohibits the promotion of weapons and weapon accessories globally.” When GunsAmerica attempted to advertise aka promote our Twitter feed, we were promptly told that we couldn’t.
Facebook, likewise, states this when GunsAmerica attempts to boost or promote an article:
Your ad wasn’t approved because it promotes the sale of ammunition, firearms, paintball guns, BB guns, or other weapons, including knives, daggers, swords, bows, arrows, knuckle dusters, and nunchucks. Advertising the sale of weapons or leading to destinations where the business primarily focuses on the sale of weapons is not allowed.
Apparently, Twitter and Facebook are morally conflicted about the promotion of the Second Amendment on their platforms. They take issue with businesses that want folks to keep and bear arms for traditionally lawful purposes, like self-defense. Again, I believe their stance on the 2A is a slippery slope. And it wouldn’t surprise me if in the not too distant future — perhaps after another armed psycho slaughters innocents in a gun-free zone — these social media outlets begin to unilaterally censor those of us who are pro-2A. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
UPDATE: 1:06 p.m., The Hickok45 Youtube channel appears to be back online.
UPDATE: 1:26 p.m., We reached out to Hickok45 to see what triggered the shutdown. He declined to elaborate. But said, “We’re back up now.”
UPDATE: Hickok45 posted a video discussing the situation.
UPDATE: Friday, 8:03 p.m., EST. Apparently, the channel is down again!!!
We’ve reached out to Hickok45 once again to get the scoop on termination number two. We’ll keep you posted if/when we find out what the heck is going on here.