If you don’t know who Hickok45 is on Youtube and you are a gun enthusiast, I don’t know where you have been. The cordial Youtube star has almost 1.8 million subscribers and a video gun review on about every firearm on the planet. He also has access to his own shooting range that could make any gun owner jealous.
But recently he faced a bit of a scare with his Youtube account. Tuesday night his entire account was shut down because of apparent policy violations with Google.
According to Guns.com,
“It was a long scary morning. I really don’t know what I’d do if I were not able to inflict lame humor upon millions of shooting enthusiasts every week!” said Hickok45, operated by Greg Kinman, in a post on Facebook. “Life is fragile, especially ‘virtual’ life.”
Hickok45 issued a statement Wednesday morning that explained the brief termination was sparked because of issues with Google+, a type of networking functionality attached to gmail and YouTube accounts.
“Apparently, Google + is more sensitive about firearms related postings and such. I never use Google+ and did not even realize the videos were being posted over there, I guess,” he said.
The cancellation spawned the hashtag #FreeHickok45 on social media to support the YouTube star. A host of other YouTube personalities in the gun world expressed outrage on the company’s decision to terminate the account.
The exact policies violated are unclear as details are not made public and are only accessible to the account holder.
We’re very glad Hickok45 was able to get his account restored and now we can all once again enjoy every one of his videos.
We at Guns ‘n’ Freedom have been toying with getting more videos shot and uploaded on Youtube as well but it’s issues like this that have to make us question what the right course of action is going forward. Or at least what platform we should use for our future videos.
We also would love to know what kind of content our readers would enjoy so feel free to drop a comment below.
We thought it would be appropriate to embed one of Hickok 45’s videos below too: