YouTube has released a statement in response to accusations that it is discriminating against its LGBTQ users by hiding certain videos in its Restricted Mode. The company issued the statement on Sunday night, after several popular LGBTQ vloggers and video creators, discovered that videos on topics such as dating, attraction, and inspiration had been hidden by default in the mode. Many led criticism against the company using the #YouTubeIsOverParty hashtag on Twitter.
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In the statement, which was put out via the YouTube Creators Twitter account, YouTube said that “LGBTQ+ videos are available in Restricted Mode, but videos that discuss more sensitive issues may not be.” A YouTube spokesperson clarified what these sensitive issues my be in a statement to The Guardian, saying that while using Restricted Mode, videos “that cover subjects like health, politics and sexuality may not appear.”
The criticism came after several popular users noted that some of their videos on same-sex relationships, crushes, and coming out were hidden when using Restricted Mode. British YouTuber Rowan Ellis was one of the first to address the concern in a video posted on Thursday, leading many other personalities to check into their own backlog, discovering that videos on a range of topics were removed.