A recent Twitter frenzy has urged YouTube to change their Restricted Modes policy on LGBTQ+ videos. It all started when renowned LGBTQ+ YouTuber creators such as Tyler Oakley and Tegan and Sara pointed out that when they turned on restricted mode, a significant amount of their videos containing LGBTQ+ content disappeared from their channels.
Tyler Oakley’s video entitled, “8 Black LGBTQ+ Trailblazers Who Inspire Me,” was included in the list of videos flagged for content inappropriate for children. He and other YouTubers found that any of their videos related to the LGBTQ+ community, even those without explicitly sexual or vulgar content, were not showing up on their channels when they turned on the age-restrictions.
— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) March 19, 2017
Outraged, the public started to test out the Restricted Mode and report their findings to YouTube’s Twitter account, noting that there was indeed a lack of LGBTQ+.
But, what seemed to enrage many people the most was YouTube’s official statement. The statement said that YouTube was proud to have been a longtime supporter of the LGBTQ+ community and that they only wanted to restrict content that contained “sensitive issues” and provide content for users that wanted a more “limited experience.”
A message to our community … pic.twitter.com/oHNiiI7CVs
— YouTube Creators (@YTCreators) March 20, 2017
YouTubers such as Jenna Marbles spoke out on Twitter, saying that they still thought the process was unfair, Jenna stating in a slew of tweets.
— slondike is garbage (@Jenna_Marbles) March 21, 2017
They can’t be transparent though because that would mean admitting to marginalizing a giant group of people for a profit 🙃
— slondike is garbage (@Jenna_Marbles) March 20, 2017
Other YouTube creators have responded by making videos addressing the issue, some of them including it in their news segments on their channels like Philip Defranco or Clevver TV.
Needless to say, there is some sort of flaw with the YouTube restriction system that should be fixed or else they might face more scrutiny from their creators and their audiences.