A number of YouTubers have accused the service of filtering their LGBTQ+ content in the platform’s Restricted Mode, according to a report from Gizmodo.
The said feature is designed to filter out inappropriate content from your feed and uses some signals – like flags from users as well as age restrictions on videos.
And while it’s meant to prevent clips with sexually explicit imagery from being shown to children or other users who opt into the feature, it’s reportedly been hiding videos from LGBTQ+ community members that don’t contain such material. It isn’t clear when this began or why YouTube has begun filtering videos in this manner.
And there were so many posts regarding the said blocking coming from these affected vloggers.
However, the seemingly obvious danger here is depriving viewers of a source of information about LGBT issues, history and lifestyle – even when the content is innocent in nature.
As our sources found, a clip of a lesbian couple reading their wedding vows to each other can be viewed normally on YouTube, but it doesn’t show up in the channel’s video listing when you turn Restricted mode on (photo above for reference).
In YouTube’s app settings, there’s a note about the Restricted Mode option which says that “no filter is 100 percent accurate” and since it uses a number of signals including user-submitted flags, it could be deemed that YouTube itself wasn’t the culprit.
Also, YouTube’s Creators stated in a tweet that it’s all for hosting LGBTQ+ content on its platform:
A message to our community … pic.twitter.com/oHNiiI7CVs
— YouTube Creators (@YTCreators) March 20, 2017