Bloke on the Range gets TERMINATED… Then Reinstated?

Miles
by Miles

Working with firearms channels on Youtube has constantly been a struggle to us at TFB with our Youtube subsidiary TFB TV, to the point where we have joked about it and been awestruck by such attempts by other channels to put their content on Pornhub. But when I first took a look at Bloke on the Range’s channel and was flabbergasted to see the words “Account Terminated”, I instantly sent the channel owner a private message over WhatsApp. Unfortunately, this was not a joke and it was also his first time seeing the channel down as well. This is perhaps one of the worst moments a Youtube content creator can go through.

This was the initial reactionary video put out on his other channel called Bloke off the Range, essentially a kind of subsidiary and personal channel where content creators can upload material completely separate from their main channel. We have one called TFB-side TV.

BotR sent in an official request for appeal, which was denied in record time (37 minutes) when compared to Youtube’s standard proceedings. He reached out to numerous other folks within the industry and even found a Twitter page in which you can get in touch with Youtube support folks. Numerous other Youtube accounts made appeals to Youtube to reinstate the channel, Milsurp Mike probably being the largest of the several. More folks chimed in on other mediums as well.

However, his channel eventually came back online within 72 hours of being taken down. But the big question is “Why?”. Initially, it appeared that several of his videos were “flagged” as spamming but could also be interpreted as “manufacturing ammunition” because he made a video about reloading Chesspot ammunition. Could it have been a fluke? Or was this an actual coordinated termination of the channel that was made by Youtube? Either way, it is extremely disheartening to hear about this entire gaffe precisely because of BotR’s content which is historical, apolitical, and just plain friendly in so many respects.

Miles
Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I've made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv

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  • Roninpenguin Roninpenguin on Jun 02, 2018

    It isn't just Gun Videos, it is pretty much anything that the corporate advertisers may have a problem with and YouTube yanks stuff first and askes questions pretty much never.

    One of my favorite YouTube channels, Team Four Star, that does parody videos of Dragonball Z, has had to completely change their content because their videos and their channel keeps getting pulled down because some corporate tool constantly flags their videos even though they are protected as parody under copyright laws.

    Channel Awesome, that does movie reviews, keeps having their content pulled even though they are also protected under those same copyright laws.

    Pretty soon the only content left on YouTube will be channels like Logan Paul who actually causes controversy specifically because he is an a-hole.

  • Jason Adams Jason Adams on Jun 03, 2018

    What about someone creating another platform other than YouTube? It would be nice to have a choice of which platform to put your content on. I once applied for a job and was told I wasn't experienced enough. I then started my own business and later had all their customers. It can be done.

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