By Mona Zhang
Guns, conspiracy theories, and graphic images of bestiality are just a few of the things YouTube has been struggling to moderate lately. After the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, YouTube has been cracking down on gun-related channels and trying to stem the spread of blatantly false claims about Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student activists.
That crackdown recently made its way to a corner of YouTube that is neither dangerous nor disgusting, unless you’re Jeff Sessions: marijuana channels. Beginning in mid-April, rumblings of a crackdown became broad removals, a move that avid cannabis consumers speculated is tied to the crackdown on firearms-related channels. Google’s video platform seems to be targeting educational videos that instruct viewers on how to grow marijuana, as well as advocacy and news channels.
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