YouTube Responds To Outrage Over Blocked LGBTQ Videos

An outpouring of anger hit the Internet yesterday (Mar. 19) after many YouTube users noticed that several videos highlighting the LGBTQ community were blocked from viewing.

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When users opt for “Restricted Mode,” many videos deemed “potentially inappropriate” are hidden. However, LGBTQ vloggers and personalities noticed many of their videos hidden from public viewing, and videos with the words “gay” or “lesbian” in the title were also reportedly hidden, according to users posting pictures on Twitter. Openly gay vloggers also noticed they were unable to be “suggested” for viewing on the site.

Many users and popular YouTube personalities expressed their disdain about the new development. Vlogger Rowan Ellis said in a new video that at least 40 of her videos cannot be seen on restricted mode. Her channel is described as “pop culture from a feminist and queer perspective.” Twitter users started the trending topic #YouTubeIsOverParty on Sunday night in order to raise awareness about the controversial censoring move.

A statement from YouTube about the situation reads, “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 our users who want a more limited experience. “LGBTQ+ videos are available in Restricted Mode, but videos that discuss more sensitive issues may not be.”

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According to NBC News, YouTube writes in their privacy and security settins description that they “use community flagging, age-restrictions, and other signals to identify and filter out potentially inappropriate content.”

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