YouTube's 'restricted mode' is hiding LGBT content from viewers

We looked into why You Tube is restricting LGBTQ+ content

We looked into why You Tube is restricting LGBTQ+ content

A number of vloggers have accused YouTube of filtering their LGBTQ+ content in the platform's Restricted Mode, reports Gizmodo.

Trans YouTuber SeaineLove also tweeted about her videos being hidden yesterday.

According to Gizmodo, NeonFiona is far from the only LGBT vlogger experiencing this.

Youtuber Neon Fiona posted a screenshot on her Twitter showing that YouTube had removed all of her videos with LGBT+ related titles. That video was promptly restricted.

The feature appears to be blocking inoffensive LGBTI content, however, including a lesbian couple reading each other their wedding vows.

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Google says that it uses three criteria to censor in videos in the mode: "community flagging", "age-restrictions" and the vague-sounding "other signals".

And as reported by PinkNews, many LGBTQ+ YouTubers believe that this could ultimately harm LGBT youth seeking to learn more about themselves or their peers, especially those who are limited in where they are able to access the internet.

The criticism came after several popular users noted that some of their videos on same-sex relationships, crushes, and coming out were hidden when using Restricted Mode. Restricting these videos makes it harder for these kids to find information they need and the community that they have been missing.

When we debate on posting possible NSFW videos onto the magazine's website from YouTube, we often say, hey, if it's okay for YouTube, it's okay for Instinct Magazine. They have since altered their filters. Ellis, who has about 22,600 subscribers and focuses on "pop culture from a feminist and queer perspective", according to her YouTube bio, claimed that about 40 of her videos had been filtered out of Restricted Mode. "No matter "how innocent or unintentional the "hows" or 'whys" are, the effects can not be ignored", she said. But their own help page implies that the feature is being directly marketed to institutions such as libraries and schools, which as previously noted, could pose a problem. At The Disco's "Girls/Girls/Boys", Halsey's video for "Ghost" as well as many of Troye Sivan's music videos. "LGBTQ+ videos are available in Restricted Mode, but videos that discus more sensitive issues may not be". "Yet they are apparently being treated differently". Her video about having a boyfriend is still visible. Here is What Calum has to say about the lovely YouTube settings. To be fair, plenty of his content definitely doesn't meet PG-13 standards. For the social justice warriors who demanded more censorship, welcome to the new YouTube.

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