When we debate on posting possible NSFW videos onto the magazine's website from YouTube, we often say, hey, if it's okay for YouTube, it's okay for Instinct Magazine. Now it seems that YouTube may be censoring itself a great deal more than we are. HOW RUDE!
LGBTQ YouTubers have begun to notice that many of their videos are being hidden in the site’s Restricted Mode. British vlogger Rowan Ellis called attention to the issue, which makes it harder for queer people to share their content and raises questions about what the site deems appropriate and inappropriate. She mentioned that hers, Calum McSwiggan, and other LGBT video channels have been affected. Here is What Calum has to say about the lovely YouTube settings.
Restricted Mode is a feature on the video sharing website that allows for the automatic filtering of certain content. The filters are, according to Google (which owns YouTube) based on “community flagging, age-restrictions, and other signals to identify and filter out potentially inappropriate content.” If that’s the case, it seems rather suspicious that even the most innocuous of videos dealing with LGBTQ issues and people, including the video above, are being blocked in this mode.
“There is a bias somewhere within that process equating LGBTQ+ with ‘not family friendly,’” says Ellis, “[regardless of] how innocent or unintentional the ‘hows’ or ‘whys’ are, the effects cannot be ignored… Videos about LGBTQ+ life, love, history, friendships, etc, are no more inappropriate than videos with straight couples or telling the history of straight figures. Yet they are apparently being treated differently.”
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Your thoughts? Should LGBT issues be part of a restricted mode on YouTube?