Backlash as video sharing site hides clips that reference LGBTQ+ relationships
The hashtag #YouTubeIsOverParty is trending on Twitter after members of its LGBTQ+ community discovered some of their videos are being hidden by the site.
As reported in The Guardian, Rowan Ellis is a British YouTuber with over 22.5k followers who vlogs on feminism and queer perspectives. Last week, she posted a video that suggested YouTube is guilty of an anti-LBGT bias.
In the vid, Ellis explains that YouTube’s restricted mode is ‘filtering out a hell of a lot of LGBT content’, with 40 of her own clips having been hidden.
“I think it’s really important to look at why LGBT content has been deemed as inappropriate,” she said.
“This is something which goes far beyond a mistake that YouTube might have made, that they’re going to draw attention to and fix later.”
POSITIVITY AND LOVE!
— .:..:lÿdïå:..:. (@twentyonedoggos) March 20, 2017
Many LGBTQ+ YouTubers have spoken out over how upsetting it is that their videos – such as one marking Asexual Awareness Week, and others detailing a transgender vlogger’s experiences – have been hidden.
until we hear back from @youtube, please actively check on all LGBTQ+ creators you're subscribed to & continue to support their content.
— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) March 19, 2017
If you put @YouTube on restricted mode a bunch of our music videos disappear. I checked myself. LGBTQ people shouldn't be restricted. SAD!
— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) March 19, 2017
On Sunday, YouTube creators tweeted a statement saying the filter’s intention was to remove mature content for a select user group, but failed to explain exactly why and how they categorised material as inappropriate.