YouTube deletes IShowSpeed stream for violating firearms policy – Popular YouTuber and streaming sensation IShowSpeed was recently left confused after one of his live streams was deleted by YouTube for violating their firearms policy. The streaming star, known for his outlandish antics and trolling of football stars, shared an email he received from YouTube on February 11th regarding the violation. The email notified Speed that his recent stream, in which he visited a shooting range, broke the platform’s rules around firearms.
YouTube deletes IShowSpeed stream for violating firearms policy
While YouTube acknowledged that Speed may not have realized he was breaking the rules, they still took down the offending stream. However, no strike was applied to his channel over the incident.
“Hi IShowSpeed, we wanted to let you know our team reviewed your content, and we think it violates our firearms policy,” the email read. “We know you may not have realized this was a violation of our policies, so we’re not applying a strike to your channel.”
Speed seemed puzzled by the takedown, noting on Twitter that there are many other videos on YouTube showing firearms being used. He stated he would be contacting his representative about the situation immediately.
there’s litterly vidões of people shooting on youtube contacting my rep real quick pic.twitter.com/uYmeLM8yKg
— ronaldobetter (@ronaldobetter07) February 11, 2024
Despite the stream being removed, Speed has since uploaded a full video from his visit to the gun range to his YouTube channel. He stressed on the fact that there are literally videos of people shooting on YouTube, and he can’t get his head around the strike he received for the same video content.
YouTube prohibits content intended to sell firearms or instruct viewers on how to make firearms. Live streams featuring firearms also violate the rules, except for carefully controlled exceptions like hunting content. Speed joining the legions of gun enthusiasts posting range videos seems to have crossed the line. While big creators often get some leeway on policy violations, YouTube seems to have drawn the line here.
IShowSpeed’s immense popularity was not enough to protect his firearms-related content from deletion.