Soon after having his channel restored and posting a video explaining why his channel was terminated in the first place, Hickok45’s YouTube Channel has been “terminated” again.
A photo caption on his Facebook page, makes it clear that the man known for his congeniality is getting frustrated:
There is plenty of conjecture in the firearms community regarding possible motives behind Hickok’s terminations. But one thing is for sure, Google (who purchased YouTube in 2006 and basically control the internet) is making it tough for Hickok45 to be a law-abiding gun owner who simply wants to share his knowledge and passion with the rest of us.
Using the hashtag, #FreeHickok45, the firearms community pressured Google to reinstate his account yesterday and it seems, at least on the surface, that it was of some value in making that happen. Perhaps it can happen again.
If there is a better way to do that, I don’t know it. If someone out there does, please let us know.
** UPDATE **
As of this 11am CST, this morning (1/9) Hickok45’s YouTube channel has been, once again, reactivated.
It seems Google’s original forced integration of Google+ (a service which Google itself admitted that almost nobody wanted) with YouTube was the primary culprit in Hickok45’s troubles.
Though no longer required, the Goolge+ (which maintains much stricter content standards than YouTube) integration with YouTube automatically aggregated everything posted on a user’s channel. Therein lies the problem. Without knowing it was happening, Hickok45 and others like him are automatically posting their YouTube content to the Google+ account – an account that they might not even realize they have.
Lesson learned: If you are a firearms enthusiast that posts firearms-related content to your YouTube channel, make sure that your Google+ account is not automatically aggregating the content to your page. Better yet… just deactivate your Google+ account. Nobody is using it anyway.