YouTube is filtering some LGBTQ+ videos in ‘restricted mode’ and no one knows why

Tyler Oakley is one of many LGBT+ vloggers who have recognized their videos filtered out in “restricted mode”
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Several popular LGBTQ+ YouTube vloggers have claimed that YouTube is utilizing the site’s “restricted mode” to hide some of their videos.

The curtailed mode for YouTube, according to Google, enables users to filter out “potentially objectionable content, ” resulting some LGBTQ+ vloggers to accuse YouTube of implicitly categorizing their substance as not “family-friendly.”

That’s the number of complaints British vlogger Rowan Ellis made to Gizmodo , telling, there is a bias somewhere within that process equating LGBT+ with not household friendly.

Ellis posted her own video addressing the issue after she found dozens of her videos fell victim to the process.

In a statement to Gizmodo , YouTube said, Some videos that cover themes like health, politics and sexuality may not appear for consumers and establishments that choose to use this feature.

Mashable has furthermore reached out for statement from YouTube.

On Sunday night, the Twitter account for the YouTube Creators page tweeted the following statement that offered a little more detail on the filtering but didn’t explain how some of the more innocuous videos that got caught in the filter wound up there.

But YouTube doesn’t appear to have answered the question as to why these particular videos were flagged. In one such instance, flagged by customer NeonFiona, videos about sexuality and relationships weren’t flagged but videos that immediately referred to LGBTQ+ issues were.

And vlogger superstar Tyler Oakley, who has 8 million customers, likewise noted one of his videos was flagged.

I confirmed that the video he mentions( posted below) does, indeed, get flagged by moving on curtailed mode.

The only thing that someone could perhaps find objectionable in the video( which is actually a lot of fun and informative) is a naughty word or two. But, as the screenshot below demonstrates, it’s not like YouTube is in the habit of filtering out videos with swear words in the title, even in curtailed mode.

Additionally, musical duo Tegan& Sara found that several of their music videos vanished, too, when their page is viewed in curtailed mode.

One of the videos that disappear is the video for “That Girl, ” which features good-for-nothing images, lyrics, topics that are objectionable for a family audience.

Vloggers are vocalizing their dissents and calling on YouTube to offer an explanation that actually is laid down in specifics as to why the filtering is happening.

In a( yes, curtailed) video named “This Video Is Too Gay For Kids, ” Calum McSwiggan says he understands why some of his videos that include swearing and more adult content is snagged by the filter but mentions other videos that have no questionable content were still filtered.

He specifically mentions a video in which he talks about coming out to his grandmother and says, “How on Earth is that not suitable for children? If anything, it would be extremely beneficial and useful for children to be said that , especially children who are struggling to deal with their identity, especially to LGBT+ kids.”

It’s a well-made and important degree, and one that YouTube has already been to adequately answer.

UPDATE (8: 50 p.m. ET ): Updated to include Tegan and Sara’s comment on their music videos as well as YouTue Creator statement .

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