BASC has written to YouTube to ask why it this week took down some of the world’s highest profile airgun channels and films.
While the move was initially interpreted as a response to the recent tragic Parkland school shooting in America, YouTube has now reinstated most, if not all, the affected channels.
Other channels received ‘strikes’ from YouTube advising they had breached or violated “Community Guidelines”. ‘Strikes’ can prevent new content being posted.
YouTube has so far made no comment, although it has been widely reported that its actions were a result of changes in algorithms that control content.
Garry Doolan, BASC’s head of press relations, said: “BASC is asking YouTube to explain the reasons for this apparent attack on airguns. It came without warning or explanation we would not expect a world-wide brand to behave this way and apparently without consultation.
“We have told YouTube that this action has seriously undermined confidence in its ability to be a responsible, accountable platform for individuals and businesses that have chosen to host content with them.
“As the UK’s largest shooting organisation, we have asked YouTube to move quickly to give reassurances to the thousands of airgunners among our membership.
“We have explained that airgun shooting is one of the most popular shooting sports in the UK and is a key pest-control tool for many, many people.
“We have also highlighted that airgun shooting is the perfect introduction for young people into the sport of shooting, where all of the basic principles, including safety, can be taught.