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Several LGBTQ vloggers claim YouTube is hiding their videos using 'restricted mode'


Several popular LGBTQ+ vloggers are sounding off, claiming YouTube's "restricted mode" feature is hiding some of their content, Gizmodo reports

The platform's restricted mode is a feature that helps filter "potentially objectionable content that you may prefer not to see or don't want others in your family to stumble across while enjoying YouTube," according to Google.

British vlogger Rowan Ellis told Gizmodo that although she isn't sure why this is happening, she finds it troubling.

YouTube is Anti - LGBT? (Restricted Content Mode)

Ellis told Gizmodo that filtering LGBTQ+ content in this way implies that "there is a bias somewhere within that process equating LGBTQ+ with ‘not family friendly.’”

Ellis isn't the only LGBTQ+ vlogger to find content blocked under restricted mode. 

Vlogger Tyler Oakley, who has 8 million subscribers, recently took to Twitter to question why his videos are being blocked. 

"Still not fixed. One of my recent videos, '8 Black LGBTQ+ Trailblazers Who Inspire Me' is blocked because of this. I'm perplexed, @YouTube," he tweeted. 

Oakley also encouraged other vloggers to continue checking to make sure their content isn't being hidden.

Oakley told Teen Vogue that the filters could have negative effects on the LGBTQ+ community. 

Both Ellis and Oakley have pointed out that many of these filtered videos do not contain any material that is "inappropriate" or "offensive." 

Saturday YouTuber Calum McSwiggan posted a video entitled "This Video Is Too Gay For Kids." In it, McSwiggan explains that he understands why some of his more adult content is filtered out. 

However, he also points to several videos with no questionable content.

McSwiggan adds in the video that he reached out to YouTube about the issue and received the following response: "Some videos that cover subjects like health, politics and sexuality may not appear for users and institutions that choose to use this feature." 

Still, he and other LGBTQ+ vloggers are making their concerns known on social media. 

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