Youtube’s restricted mode block many LGBTQ+ videos. This could have been going on for a very long time, but it has recently come to light and has angered YouTube’s LGBTQ+ community and their allies.
The Twitter account “YouTube Creators” (@YTCreators) came forth about this subject and said, “We are so proud to represent the 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…”
Many LGBTQ+ creators and allies have replied to this tweet with comments such as, “you’re blocking anything with a hint of lgbtq+! Vids of me swearing aren’t restricted but transwomen makeup tutorials are”- Dodie (@doodleoddle); “coming out, gender identity and terminology, the history of LGBTQ+ people of color, etc are NOT sensitive issues.Taking down videos of LGBTQ+ couples, and not doing the same to straight ones isn’t promoting sensitivity. It is homophobia.” -Stephanie Frosch (@ElloSteph); “coming out videos should not be classified as sensitive content unless videos abt heteronormative dating also classify”- Alexis G. Zall (@AlexisGZall).
In my personal opinion, what YouTube said about this issue is a load of cr*p. I mean, even some videos on my channel are restricted. For example, this video is a story of how my partner and I finally came to date. Can you please tell me how that’s sensitive content?!