Banned by YouTube, gun lovers are taking their videos to Pornhub

Banned by YouTube, gun lovers are taking their videos to Pornhub

CultureMarch 27, 2018 By Lindsey Kline

Want to broadcast your love of firearms? Social media used to be the perfect place — until the ban hammer came down.

Dating app Bumble banned any images of guns in its 30 million users’ profile photos. Reddit banned over a dozen gun communities and dark net markets that led users to weapon-trafficking websites. Now, YouTube will eliminate gun content, as well, banning videos that sell guns or accessories, or teach users how to make or modify guns, ammo, silencers or other accessories.

Gun enthusiasts are enraged, but refuse to give up their gun-loving content. If they can’t celebrate their love of weapons on unwelcoming social media sites, they’ll move their gun porn to a more fitting home: PornHub.

More and more, YouTube’s purge of guns, hate speech, bullying and conspiracy-theory videos is making PornHub look like a real YouTube alternative.

For example, InRange TV, a large gun vlogging group with over 146,000 subscribers on YouTube, this past week announced its move to PornHub.

“YouTube’s newly released vague and one-sided firearms policy makes it abundantly clear that YouTube cannot be counted upon to be a safe harbor for a wide variety of views and subject matter,” InRange TV said. “PornHub has a history of being a proactive voice in the online community, as well as operating a resilient and robust video streaming platform.”

InRangeTV also has nearly 5,000 supporters on Patreon, a site known for its sexual nature, as erotic content creators often use the platform to create personalized porn for subscribers.

Since InRange TV’s switch to PornHub, firearms migration to the land of free porn has continued with small, independent gun-buffs and larger corporations, including like C&Rsenal, which has a firearm-focused YouTube channel with nearly 98,000 subscribers.

It seems the more gun-lovers become ostracized, the more they turn to a community that knows social shunning more than any other: the sex industry.