YouTube under fire for restricting LGBT contents

YouTube under fire for restricting LGBT contents

United Kingdom -based YouTube creator Rowan Ellis made a video criticizing the restrictions last week.

Several YouTube creators are speaking out about seeing their videos with LGBTQ content included in the "restricted mode", an opt-in feature that screens out what some parents might deem as "objectionable" content.

British pop culture vlogger Rowan Ellis posted a video Saturday accusing YouTube of anti-LGBT bias after dozens of her videos were marked as restricted.

But some LGBTQ-related videos, such as one of a lesbian couple reading their wedding vows to each other, don't show up in restricted-mode, according to Gizmodo.

YouTube has issued a statement regarding claims that a number of LGBTQ+ videos weren't visible under the website's "restricted mode". Read the full statement below.

But if any of the young people he aims to reach are using browsers set to YouTube's "Restricted Mode" - either by the adults who control their home computer usage or by administrators at their schools or libraries - they will not be able to see.

Video producer Michael Rizzi, who's based in Toronto, says he's concerned with the message it sends to loyal YouTube users.

Now, YouTube is once again caught in a spotlight it doesn't want to be in following criticisms that it is supressing LGBTQ content.

She tweeted: 'LGBT+ content not safe for kids?', adding: 'It's just any and all LGBT+ titles being flagged'.

The mode is meant to filter videos containing potentially inappropriate or "mature content".

It isn't clear exactly when this began or why YouTube has begun filtering videos in this manner.

YouTube's always been a platform for LGBTQ voices, but now, it seems, the video site is muffling the channels of some of its most influential creators. The blocking is supposed to be triggered by "community flagging, age restrictions, and other signals", but YouTubers complain that even "innocent" videos that reference same-sex relationships, "queer perspectives" and other LGBTQ+ topics have been restricted.

"I am only here today - I am only alive - because I found your videos", explained a 15-year-old girl who'd walked from her house to meet us at Brooklyn Pride.

'We appreciate your feedback and passion for making YouTube such an inclusive, diverse, and vibrant community'. Under the #YouTubeIsOverParty banner, many continue to complain about YouTube's response and demand further answers.

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