Users Criticise YouTube After LGBT Videos Are Blocked Under Restricted Mode
The company has been working on the way they filter out what they describe as 'potentially objectionable content', but while you might assume this is more to stop offensive content from appearing for younger users, creators and users alike have noticed that this extends to many videos exploring LGBTQ+ relevant subject matter.
Naturally this has provoked a pretty major reaction within the YouTube community and that includes major voices such as Tyler Oakley, who expressed confusion as to why his video titled '8 Black LGBTQ+ Trailblazers Who Inspire Me' was being blocked under 'restricted mode' as a result of this.
According to those searching online, any video with 'LGBT' in the title will not show up in the internal search on YouTube and means that those creators' videos exploring LGBTQ+ issues will not automatically be displayed, even if you're subscribed to their channel. Only by going directly to their channel or opting out of restricted mode will you be able to find those videos.
This move - as both Tyler and YouTuber Rowan Ellis have pointed out - seems to suggest that those who identify as LGBTQ+ are 'inappropriate' or 'offensive' and that those who do identify as heterosexual will experience a clear bias on the platform, something that we're pretty sure they experience enough of irl without being shown extra preference online.
YouTube say this interpretation is not intended and in posts on the YouTube Creators account, they clarified their intent saying: "We are so proud to represent LGBTQ+ voices on our platform – they're a key part of what YouTube is all about. The intention of Restricted Mode is to filter out mature content for the tiny subset of users who want a more limited experience.
"LGBTQ+ videos are available in Restricted Mode, but videos that discuss more sensitive issues may not be. We regret any confusion this has caused and are looking into your concerns."
While you can see their point, it does seems strange to filter out ALL LGBT content and begs to question why videos as innocuous as Tyler's and things like makeup tutorials by trans users and videos looking at LGBTQ+ models are being hidden, as it's been claimed by their creators.
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