TALKING BACK TO SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS: THE BROWNELLS CASE

dailycaller.com | 6/13/2018 | Staff
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Brownells is a well-known supplier of firearms accessories, gun parts and gunsmithing tools. Visitors to the company’s YouTube page this past weekend were greeted with an all too familiar statement. Yet another channel had been shut off without warning. That’s it. End of conversation. Nearly 69,000 subscribers were just out of luck.

At least, that’s what the minders at YouTube expected. They didn’t expect the business to issue a social media call to arms. Gun owners and rights supporters quickly engaged and pushed back. They were heard and by Monday morning, Brownells announced their YouTube channel was back up and running.

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We’re glad to see that Brownells is back up and sharing their how-to videos, being a go-to source for those who want to ensure they’re safely and responsibly improving their firearms and the way they handle and store them.

So, what was Brownells’ offense? YouTube’s notification only said, “This account has been terminated for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.” This despite Brownells having passed content standards review as recently as March.

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Brownells spokesman Ryan Repp told the Des Moines Register it wasn’t clear what warranted the shutdown, noting that Brownells received warnings from YouTube over their 10 years of hosting the channel, but each was overturned. Repp added, “It sure appears to be a systemic bias against the firearms industry.”

But, the Des Moines Register did note that owner and CEO Pete Brownell, aside from being an NSSF member, also served for several years on the board of the National Rifle Association and recently completed his tenure as president.

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YouTube’s move even left the founder of Ars Techica and former Wired editor Jon Stokes scratching his head. He’s plugged into all things in the tech world and he couldn’t make the connection to any community standard that would have possibly posed a...
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