Boulder Shooting Live-Stream Video Kept up by YouTube With Age Restriction

Footage filmed from the scene of the mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday will be allowed to stay on YouTube.

The Google-owned video site confirmed in a statement that a live-streamed video posted to the platform on Monday would have an age restriction applied to it, and a warning label currently stresses that "viewer discretion is advised" before it plays.

The shooting took place at approximately 3 p.m. at a King Soopers supermarket and left 10 people dead, including a police officer named as 51-year-old Eric Talley. Authorities confirmed in a media briefing that one suspect was taken into custody.

The footage, which captured over three hours of video, has more than 584,000 views as of Tuesday and appears to show multiple bodies inside and outside of the store.

"Look there's people lying in the f***ing street," the person said in the stream. "Guys, we got people down inside King Soopers," he added, as two bangs were heard.

As he fled the immediate area, the person shouted: There's a shooter, active shooter." Armed law enforcement personnel were seen attending the scene.

YouTube spokesperson Elena Hernandez said in a statement: "Following today's tragic shooting, bystander video of the incident was detected by our teams.

"While violent content intended to shock or disgust viewers is not allowed on YouTube, we do allow videos with enough news or documentary context. We applied an age restriction to the content and will continue to monitor the situation."

The YouTube account's description says the channel is managed by an independent journalist whose focus is to "observe and document police activity."

The description under the live stream video upload currently reads: "First at an active shooter scene, as it unfolded at King Soopers in boulder. I was loading groceries."

According to YouTube, age restrictions are applied instead of an outright removal if the video contains enough content that viewers can understand what is happening.

For example, footage from a road traffic collision may be taken down, however a news report about the incident, giving context, would be allowed to stay online.

YouTube says it takes multiple factors into account when deciding to restrict or remove content, including whether the focus of the video is on violence, the amount of time the violence is shown, and if the video's title is intended to shock or disgust viewers.

A disclaimer currently on the live stream says: "Warning: The following content has been identified by the YouTube community as inappropriate or offensive to some audiences."

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A SWAT team member runs toward a King Soopers grocery store where a gunman opened fire on March 22, 2021 in Boulder, Colorado. Chet Strange/Getty Images