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YouTube changes its policy in attempt to make content safer

Today, YouTube has made some changes to its service, banning videos demonstrating bump stock conversions on firearms. This change was confirmed and there is now apparently an update to the community guidelines of the service. The changes are being implemented a little over a week after the shooting that occurred in Las Vegas on October 1.

According to The Telegraph, a YouTube spokesperson stated:

“We have long had a policy against harmful and dangerous content. In the wake of the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, we have taken a closer look at videos that demonstrate how to convert firearms to make them fire more quickly and we’ve expanded our existing policy to prohibit these videos.”

This isn't the first time the streaming service has implemented changes. Just last week, the firm modified search results to battle conspiracy theories and looks like it may also modify its "Up Next" video stream to promote content from properly curated sources. While these changes might filter some of the content, it will be interesting to see how much farther it will go in the future to change, and what kind of feedback might come from content creators and its users.

Source: The Telegraph (UK) via Gizmodo

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