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YouTube is Hiding LGBTQ Videos

YouTube via @PopCrave
YouTube via @PopCrave

YouTube recently introduced a Restricted Mode which lets users filter out  “potentially objectionable content,” claiming they use “community flagging, age-restrictions, and other signals to identify and filter out potentially inappropriate content.”

Screenshot via Buzzfeed

But, though the idea is good in theory, LGBTQ YouTubers have claimed this mode blocks their content, no matter the subject of their video.

 

On Sunday, YouTube Creators tweeted this official statement out:

 

But, since this seems more of an excuse rather than a step towards solving the problem, this response has been highly criticized.

#YouTubeisOverParty even started to trend on Twitter.

Rowan Ellis, a YouTuber who makes videos about “pop culture from a feminist and queer perspective,” made a video addressing the platform and the issue this presents for members of the LGBTQ community, stating “Who is protecting queer and trans youth?”

Rowan talked to Gizmodo about the subject, saying “there is a bias somewhere within that process equating LGBTQ+ with ‘not family friendly.’” Regardless of “how innocent or unintentional the ‘hows’ or ‘whys’ are, the effects cannot be ignored,” she added.

Tyler Oakley, another popular LGBTQ YouTuber,told Teen Vogue “YouTube has always been a place for disenfranchised voices to reach audiences who are actively seeking representation in media. It’s often the first place many LGBTQ+ youth around the world see themselves and their stories shared and celebrated.”

YouTube still hasn’t released a statement addressing a way to fix this issue. Though, this isn’t the first time they’ve created an issue that directly effects their users and didn’t bother to tell them about it.

[Via Buzzfeed]

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