YouTube has issued a statement expressing “regret” for any “confusion” caused by its ‘family-friendly’ filter that bans LGBT content.
News of this sparked controversy over the weekend after several LGBT YouTubers complained their videos were being targeted.
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“We are so proud to represent LGBTQ+ voices on our platform – they’re a key part of YouTube what is all about,” tweeted a YouTube spokesperson yesterday. “We regret any confusion this has caused and are looking into your concerns.”
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Yet there are still no official plans to remove the filter.
Restricted Mode is meant to filter out “mature content”, but is switched off by default. However, several famous YouTube personalities have recently spoken out about how the use of community flagging, age-restrictions and other indicators are identifying many LGBT videos as inappropriate content when Restricted Mode is turned on.
For instance, gay YouTuber Calum McSwiggan found out all of his videos except for one disappeared when Restricted Mode was switched on, and queer YouTuber Rowan Ellis discovered 40 of her videos disappeared under the filter.