The good news is: YouTube has not only responded to the issue of hiding LGBTQ content in “Restricted Mode.” It’s also actually apologized for “incorrectly labeling the videos.”
Our procrastination poison of choice on the Internet received backlash when popular LGBTQ vloggers such as Tyler Oakley and Rowan Ellis took note that their videos on coming out, dating, and relationships were hidden under the restricted category of the platform.
It hasn’t been properly explained, but Restriction Mode works to filter out “adult content” to protect younger viewers. YouTube, nevertheless, “use community flagging, age-restrictions, and other signals to identify and filter out potentially inappropriate content.” This feature can be switched off, on, or locked on browsers based on specifications.
The whole course of criticism about the fiasco took over Twitter and the hashtag #YouTubeIsOverParty was conceived raising active concerns on discrimination alongside outward support of the LGBTQ community.
NO ONE should be made to feel like they need to hide their sexuality from the rest of the world. BE PROUD 🌈 #youtubeisoverparty
— Tabby Temporal (@TabbyTemporal) March 20, 2017
— bri♡ (@xkittncub) March 20, 2017
Users were questioning the inconsistency of it all since YouTube hid videos of acceptance and positivity while remaining mum on content full of hate.
— Kat (@kat_katayama) March 20, 2017
— wiki loves tini 🥀 (@flowermuzlera) March 19, 2017
However, the YouTube Creators Twitter account cleared that they are proud to represent LGBTQ+ voices as they make up the core of the site.
“The intention of Restricted Mode is to filter out mature 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. We appreciate your feedback and passion for making YouTube such an inclusive, diverse, and vibrant community,” said YouTube.
Moreover, they have apologized for incorrectly labeling the videos, implying that they’re all over the case.
A handful of gamers have also reported that their videos are hidden by default, showing that this could be just a glitch in algorithm. Some content from LGBTQ vloggers remain in restricted mode, while others’ clips stay unaffected.
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