I just checked and Sootch00 and Hockok45 are both still on YouTube. I didn't check all of the firearms channels I am subscribed to.
I think what got nuked are the various videos telling people how to do things or make things that are deemed "questionable" and probably shouldn't be on YouTube anyhow.
Frankly, I'd like to see a lot of the "wannabe" "Experts" that portray themselves as a bada$$ commando of some sort to try to convince those that may be watching their videos that they have a clue about something.
Hickok45 is still up. If they do this, I will not use YouTube anymore. Also, I will not use google or their services anymore, including their cloud, except for limited use of a gmail account that I use for a business. This also includes my next phone purchases. Android and the google play store will be no more for me. Chrome browsers and their chrome books are out. I am traditionally not for boycott's, but I will implement my own.
Perhaps the word needs to go out VERY loudly that the pro-firearms community will not tolerate YouTube's censoring per some criterion that they decide to use to follow "management's" personal feelings about this. When someone provides a service to the public (actually, the paying public since we "pay" through our viewing of the advertisements), they need to be brutally aware that they do not censor for any reason.
It is not just YouTube it is Google as a whole I have already sent them a message on my opinions on Google using their size and power to push political views. It is time for us to go after their advertisers. Unfortunately even this site uses Google ads to stay afloat. So how do you put a financial hurt on Google when they have their fingers in everything?
On an individual basis, ad blockers probably put a hurt on them, but it really hurts the site that is actually producing the product that everyone is coming for. It is kind of like theft to consume without paying in some sort of way. But then again I am not going to click through an ad anyway so I do not need to see them. I have mixed feelings on this because money makes the world go around and sites need to make money, but without using ad blockers, some sites are almost unusable. It is also a safety issue where sites are getting hijacked with fake ads and malware laden ads and flash and scripts. Ad blockers help with that. Some sites I will pause my ad block for, but many that require you to shut it off, I skip them.
We identify the advertisers that have advertising on the portions of Google that benefit the shooting community (like this site, etc.) and we support them and let them know that we have singled them out because their advertising is on those portions of the Google monster that benefit us. And we notify the other advertisers that we are boycotting them because Google is using them to fund the portions of the Google monster that are contrary to our beliefs. And we call for the NRA and similar organizations to also implement a selective boycott.
Youtube has made reloading channels and most gun channels "against their policy"
Apparently, fresh new Youtube guidelines make reloading channels, and any gun channel that shows you anything at all educational, against their guidelines. There are several videos already out about it, with more to come, most likely, as the youtube channels have 30 days to "clean up their channels...
Unfortunately, youtube has performed a classic bait and switch maneuver accompanied by all the hallmarks of a monopoly. There is no other game in town because they drove all the competition out by claiming to be a bastion of free expression and an open market for the exchange of ideas. Now they have decided to dictate which ideas are palatable to them (the googlemasters).
This offends me on so many levels that I cannot begin to express my rage. Where do you go in this day and age to learn how to change a half-shaft on a 2000 dodge intrepid? Where do you look for instruction on setting up an aquarium or fish pond or 1000's of other things that were once the arena of either trial and error (often expensively) or the purview of "hire an expert" for $$$$. Now the rug gets yanked.
There is no alternative, which, as I seem to recall, constitutes a monopoly.
Am I just spoiled? Am I somehow completely misconstruing the entire situation? If Youtube was limiting the freedom of two men/women to kiss vigorously and grope each other, would there be an outcry of repression?
They (the gun channels) have 30 days to remove any videos that may be construed (and we already know how youtube "construes") to be related to selling, working on, modifying, manufacturing or assembling firearms or ammunition (reloading).
I have already uninstalled Youtube from my phone...and (heaven help me) will be looking for an iphone in the future, since Android is google is youtube....
again, first they get the monopoly, then they tell you what they think you want or need....
Microsoft is big enough and rich enough to get back into the game. They tried with their Bing videos. If Microsoft could get behind the constitution and give a viable alternative and make it easy for people to port their channels over to them, they just might win enough loyal following to make it worth their while and maybe even bump start their mobile phone business again, especially if they take privacy to a whole new level.
Do not know why they did not focus on porting the latest and greatest apps for their phone OS. They should of hired buildings full of people to get it done for the app developers that already developed for android and IOS if they could not develop an easy enough Software Developers Kit for them to do it themselves or to incentivize them enough to do it themselves. Same with emulation software, etc. Always thought a dual boot phone would be cool.
My backup phone, which is my primary phone for the time being is a Nokia Windows phone I bought in 2013. Original replaceable battery still working good. I had a Samsung Galaxy for two or so of those years and briefly a Motorola G4 plus that had charging issues, but was a pretty good unlocked phone with radios for all the major carriers. Been thinking about getting an unlocked Motorola X4, but right now it is a wait and see. Might go to the dark side and spend a lot more for an unlocked Apple IPhone that covers all the major carriers now. I do not like to be pinned down to one service or locked into a contract.