YouTube has responded after LGBTQI vloggers discovered some of their content was being restricted on the video-sharing site.
When vloggers switched their setting to YouTube’s restricted mode, they noticed their LGTQI-related content — discussing their experiences, concerns and queer relationships — would disappear.
“With the click of a button YouTube’s restricted mode makes me appear straight,” Melanie Murphy, a vlogger with nearly 500,000 YouTube followers, said on Twitter.
With the click of a button YouTube’s restricted mode makes me appear straight. Even when you dig/type in my name + bisexuality, this happens pic.twitter.com/JKbivanJdS
— Melanie Murphy (@melaniietweets) March 19, 2017
Restricted mode, a setting targeted at children and families, can be used to, “help screen out potentially objectionable content”, according to YouTube’s safety centre.
Queer YouTubers hit out at the site for deeming their queer content inappropriate.
Following the uproar, high-profile queer YouTuber Tyler Oakley, who has more than 8 million subscribers, said he was perplexed after one of his recent videos titled 8 black LGBTQ+ trailblazers who inspired me’ was still blocked.
until we hear back from @youtube, please actively check on all LGBTQ+ creators you’re subscribed to & continue to support their content.
— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) March 19, 2017