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YouTube Puts Age Restrictions on Gun Videos
YouTube Puts Age Restrictions on Gun Videos

YouTube quietly put new age restrictions on gun videos, including content showing homemade and automatic firearms. The changes followed a widely covered TTP report that found YouTube recommended hundreds of videos about guns and gun violence to accounts for nine- and 14-year-old boys interested in video games. The recommended videos included demonstrations of 3-D printed guns and instructions on how to convert handguns into automatic weapons, and TTP noted at the time that YouTube took no apparent steps to age-restrict them.

The group Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund highlighted TTP’s report in a series of recommendations to YouTube for dealing with gun content. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg also cited TTP’s report in a letter calling on YouTube CEO Neal Mohan to limit children’s access to homemade “ghost gun” videos.

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