YouTube Defends Blocking Certain LGBTQ+ Videos in Restricted Mode

Published: March 20, 2017

YouTube Defends Blocking Certain LGBTQ+ Videos in Restricted Mode

YouTube has responded to critics including Tegan and Sara and numerous vloggers who claim the site’s Restricted Mode blocks non-explicit LGBTQ videos, the BBC reports. Restricted Mode is an opt-in function designed to protect young viewers from “more mature content.” But videos offering LGBTQ perspectives on subjects like dating and attraction—such as Calum McSwiggan’s video about coming out to his grandmother—are reportedly being blocked. Tegan and Sara said “a bunch of our music videos disappear” in Restricted Mode, including one with “Nothing gay in it except us.” YouTube responded, in a statement via Twitter, “LGBTQ+ videos are available in Restricted Mode, but videos that discuss more sensitive subjects may not be.” They added that they’re looking further into concerns. See their full statement, along with Tegan and Sara’s tweets, below. 

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