For as long as I can remember, I have hated bugs that sneak up on me in the middle of the night when I’m sound asleep for the sole purpose of biting me and drinking my blood. The stinking cowards! If they want to bite me, they should at least have the guts to face me when I’m awake. Mano a mano! Bug to man! Let’s go! I’m ready for you… you little vampire! Well… it seems that YouTube is the latest cowardly bug to have bitten me.
About 11:05 PM on Saturday night, YouTube decided to delete one of my videos and issue a content strike to my channel. Of course, the video in question didn’t violate YouTube’s policies in even the slightest way. If you doubt that, you can check it out here:
Fortunately, I hadn’t yet gone to bed. I had been feeling a little restless. So, I went for an evening walk around my neighborhood. When I got back home, I decided to take a quick look at my email before hitting the rack. I’m glad I did. The notice was there, informing me that my video had been deleted and a content strike issued.
When this kind of garbage started happening a couple of months ago, I quickly learned to shut the channel down before paid anti-gun trolls could flag any more videos for “content violations.” It’s by no means a perfect strategy, but it certainly worked for me in April. I figured it was a good idea to try it now. I shut the channel down by marking all videos private and produced a quick video to let my subscribers know what was happening. I had completed this bit of work by a little after midnight. At which point, I went to bed hoping that the channel would be there in the morning.
It was the next morning when I learned that the Brownell’s YouTube channel, which was roughly the same size as mine in subscriber count, had been deleted about 2:30AM the previous Saturday morning. From what I was able to gather, other YouTube channels had received community strikes as well. Mine, however, was still there when I logged on. I still had only the one strike.
I’m not sure if marking all of my videos as private and shutting down the channel completely is what saved it, at least temporarily. What I do know is that no content creator should be so arbitrarily bullied by YouTube or any other “utility.” And make no mistake, a utility is exactly what companies like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have become.
The thing that I find most startling is the incredible cowardice of a giant like YouTube/Google. That a company of the size and obvious power of YouTube/Google feels compelled to sneak up on firearms channels in the middle of the night while their owners are sleeping and on the weekends when creators have no opportunity to protest, clearly illustrates what a fearful, lily-livered, spineless and chicken-hearted group of individuals run the place. If YouTube had any guts at all as a company, its leaders (if you want to call them that) would grow a set and have the decency to come after firearms channels during the day when the creators are awake and during the week when they have a chance to do something about it. That, however, was not the case. YouTube, like the insect I mentioned at the beginning, attacked in the middle of the night on Saturday, so that content creators and channel owners would have to wait until Monday to fight back.
I have no idea what is going to happen on Monday. There is a very good chance that GunGuyTV, along with Brownells and other gun channels that received strikes over the weekend, could disappear from YouTube all together. All I know for certain is this, the fight isn’t over. Brownells is a huge company with tremendous funding, corporate attorneys and a lot of media attention. They’ll find a way to fight it or go around it. Here at GunGuyTV, we don’t have those kinds of resources, although we do have an attorney who can write a few letters and make a few phone calls for us, if need be. Regardless, we will fight it to the best of our ability. I should also let you know that we’ve already started going around it. GunGuyTV can be found at all of the places listed below. More will come soon. YouTube might be able to squelch our voice on their platform, but that’s as far as their power goes. Stay strong, keep up the fight and be safe.
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