13:22, March 20 200 0

2017-03-20 13:22:04


YouTube sends ‘regrets’ to LGBT users for filtering videos, makes no change

YouTube has provoked anger among some of its biggest stars over a new, unannounced policy that filters the videos of LGBT users as suitable only for adults, and has issued a statement — but has not revoked the restrictions.

Impacted were such prolific users as Gigi Gorgeous with 2.5 million subscribers, Stef Sanjati with more than 435,000 followers and even up and coming YouTubers including Rowan Ellis, Arielle Scarcella, and Melody Maia Monet.

Gorgeous and Sanjati addressed their complaints in videos, posted to YouTube.

This “restricted mode” is not new; as The Guardian reported, it is set to “off,” by default, but can be turned on by the user to automatically filter “potentially inappropriate” content. Google, which owns YouTube, is now applying restricted mode to videos based on “community flagging, age restrictions, and other signals” it receives.

Over the weekend, several popular LGBT vloggers and video creators discovered that hundreds of their videos on everything from dating, attraction, and their personal experiences had vanished, because of this new restriction, and that the videos were now defaulting to the “on” setting. A hashtag spread on Twitter: #YouTubeIsOverParty, with many users noting that anti-LGBT and anti-Islam videos were not being restricted.

Bisexual users, who every day struggle against erasure, were also hard hit by the restriction:

On Sunday, YouTube responded, via its YouTube Creators account on Twitter, with “regret” and an explanation and a promise to look “into your concerns.”

And it’s not just LGBT content, according to The Verge. Some users complained even pop videos by Taylor Swift have been ghosted by YouTube.

Media representatives for YouTube and Google did not respond to requests for comment by press time.

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