YouTube’s New Policy Denies Access to Weapons Videos for Underage Users

Social media platform YouTube has changed its policy on weapons-related videos to keep younger users away from dangerous content.

According to the Associated Press, Google, the company that owns YouTube, has said that it has also removed videos from the platform that show how to remove protective equipment from weapons.

Google added that videos about homemade guns, automatic weapons, and other related equipment are only accessible to users 18 or older.

This new policy of YouTube will be applicable from June 18.

Katie Paul, director of the Tech Transparency Project, an organization that works on transparency in technology, welcomed the new policy, saying it was a step in the right direction, but questioned why YouTube had taken so long to introduce the changes.

He said that the use of weapons is a major cause of death of children and youth in America and the real evidence of change will be found only when it is applied.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg last month called on YouTube to curb the distribution of gun-related videos to underage users, saying the company was failing to enforce its policies.

Alvin Bragg welcomed YouTube’s new policy, saying, “We’ve heard from younger users ourselves that YouTube’s algorithm is pushing them into the illegal world and 3D printing of weapons, which threatens the safety of the citizens of Manhattan.” directly affects.’

YouTube says the policy changes were made in response to new developments such as 3D-printed guns that have become more common over the past few years.

YouTube’s policy requires users under 17 to get parental permission before using the platform.

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