YouTube addresses claims it's blocking LGBTQ+ content

Louise McCreesh
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From Digital Spy

YouTube has spoken out after it emerged that LGBTQ+ videos were being hidden from the site's Restricted Mode.

The video-sharing platform received negative attention over the weekend when it was discovered that LGBTQ+ videos - regardless of their content - weren't showing up in the controlled setting.

The feature aims to filter out "more mature content" and is switched off by default, but LGBTQ+ YouTubers and their supporters took to social media to point out what was happening after learning the setting was seemingly hiding their videos automatically.

YouTube has since addressed the controversy, stating that it is "looking into concerns".

"We are so proud to represent LGBTQ+ voices on our platform," it said in a statement. "They're a key part of YouTube what is all about.

"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 subjects may not be.

"We regret any confusion that has been caused and are looking into your concerns."

The issue became apparent when users noticed that most of their hidden videos in Restricted Mode apparently had the words "gay", "lesbian" or "bisexual" in the title, even if such titles didn't actually discuss sex.

For example, singers Tegan and Sara tweeted that some of their music videos had disappeared in Restricted Mode while YouTuber SeaineLove said that recent videos about her transition were blocked and Tyler Oakley has also criticised the site.

YouTube users also claimed that titles such as 'What People Say When You Come Out As Bisexual' were being hidden on the site, and they weren't exactly impressed.

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