Hickok45 Channel Restored, Gains Nearly 10,000 Subscribers in One Day

Hickok45 Channel Restored, Gains Nearly 10,000 Subscribers in One Day

Hickok45 Channel Restored, Gains Nearly 10,000 Subscribers in One Day

Shortly after noon on Wednesday, YouTube reinstated the popular gun channel Hickok45 and the entirety of its video content.

Just the day before, the video-sharing website had removed the channel based on what it said was “repeated violations of Google’s policies.” The removal of the channel was first reported late Tuesday night, but by Wednesday fans of Hickok45 have been whipped in a furor. Some gun rights advocates feared it was the beginning of a crackdown on gun-related content on YouTube, especially as President Barack Obama just recently unveiled details of new executive actions on gun control.

As one of the most popular gun channels on YouTube—with 1.7 million subscribers and an estimated 460 million total views—Hickok45’s supporters lent their considerable weight in urging YouTube to bring back the channel.

Just hours after the hashtag #FreeHickok45 started trending on social media, YouTube relented and silently restored the channel. With over 1,000 videos in the channel archive, the restoration came in pieces with various videos unavailable for up to a half-hour after the channel came back. Many YouTube users were also mysteriously blocked from seeing the channel, and Hickok45 could not be found from YouTube’s general search for hours afterwards.

 

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