YouTube has come under fire from some of the website’s most successful personalities after admitting that it often hides LGBTQ videos.
The video giant is known to offer a ‘restricted mode’ that is designed to ‘screen out potentially objectionable content’ – but it has now come under renewed fire after it emerged that LGBTQ videos are being placed under that banner.
Posting on Twitter, prominent YouTuber Tyler Oakley wrote: ‘One of my recent videos “8 black LGBTQ+ Trailblazers Who Inspire Me” is blocked because of this. I’m perplexed @YouTube.’
He added: ‘Until we hear back from @Youtube, please actively check on all LBGTQ+ creators you’re subscribed to and continue to support their content.’
Responding to the criticism on Twitter, YouTube admitted that LGBTQ videos may often end up in the restricted section but stressed that it was to cater for a ‘tiny subset’ of users.
‘We are so proud to represent LGBTQ+ voices on our platform – they’re a key part of what YouTube is all about’, a Twitter post on the YouTube Creators account claimed.
‘The intention of Restricted Mode is to filter out mature content for the tiny subset of users who want a more limited experience.
‘LGBTQ+ videos are available in Restricted Mode, but videos that discuss more sensitive issues may not be. We regret any confusion this has caused and are looking into your concerns.’