I just discovered today that YouTube has added a video to their Firearms Content Policies.
I left a comment of course. (It was the 14th comment on the video.) Here's what I said:
What about the "YouTube Mission" that's listed on the YouTube "About" page that states, "Our mission is to give everyone a voice and show them the world." What about the firearms enthusiasts? The vast majority of what you have banned, given strikes for, and deleted is not illegal. It's not immoral. It's not unethical. Do these people not qualify as part of "everyone"? Is this not part of "the world"?
That same "About" page states, "We believe that everyone deserves to have a voice, and that the world is a better place when we listen, share and build community through our stories." Why are firearms enthusiasts excluded from everyone? Why are they undeserving?
You state that your values are based on four essential freedoms that define who you are.
1) Freedom of Expression - You state that you "believe people should be able to speak freely, share opinions, foster open dialogue, and that creative freedom leads to new voices, formats and possibilities." Where is the freedom of expression for firearms enthusiasts? Why are they not allowed to speak, share, and have "open dialogue"?
2) Freedom of Information - You state that you "believe everyone should have easy, open access to information and that video is a powerful force for education, building understanding, and documenting world events, big and small." Why is firearms content excluded from this freedom of information?
3) Freedom of Opportunity - You state that you "believe everyone should have a chance to be discovered, build a business and succeed on their own terms, and that people—not gatekeepers—decide what’s popular." Where is the freedom of opportunity for firearms enthusiasts, and why are they being discriminated against? Are they not part of "everyone"?
4) Freedom to Belong - You state that you "believe everyone should be able to find communities of support, break down barriers, transcend borders and come together around shared interests and passions." If that's really what you believe, then why don't firearms enthusiasts and their communities get to "belong"?
Your current policies on content featuring firearms and your stated mission, beliefs, and values are incongruent. As long as both exist in their current states then you have no integrity. Until you change one, or both, you are misrepresenting yourself and your services with false statements about how open and accepting you are when in reality you are obviously intolerant and discriminatory toward specific groups of people.