YouTube bans bump stock instructional videos in wake of Las Vegas shooting

The website will now ban videos that show viewers how to use bump stocks. He killed at least 58 people and injured over 500, which is considered to be one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern USA history.

However YouTube hasn't taken down all videos related to bump stocks, as there are informative and demonstrative videos available on the site, according to a quick search performed at the time of writing Tuesday. Paddock had used the bump stock device to make his rifle fire like an automatic weapon.

Stephen Paddock, the suspected Las Vegas shooter, attached bump stocks to several of the rifles found in his room. Until this week, YouTube users could learn how to add the modification to a gun through videos on its platform. Many gun advocates and groups have resisted attempts to outlaw the modifications, though others have relented.

After the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, YouTube has chose to expand a policy that prohibits harmful or unsafe content to include videos demonstrating bump stocks. "They're going to say, 'You give them bump stock, it's going to be a slippery slope.' I certainly hope so", the leading Democrat said. A statement that the company has been sending to reporters reads, "We have long had a policy against harmful and risky content". Many videos on YouTube provided free instructions on how to modify rifles in this manner, but Google has elected to ban them following the tragic events.

The onus on preventing attacks is surprisingly being laid on tech companies and the reason for this is the availability of information and substances freely, which empowers individuals to create their own weapons - a domain that would have in the past belonged to law enforcement agencies.

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