YouTube is taking fire from many of its biggest creators over concerns that its filtering system is unnecessarily shielding certain LGBTQ-related videos from users. The issue stems from YouTube's "Restricted Mode" feature, which it says is an "optional feature used by a very small subset of users who want to have a more limited YouTube experience." As many YouTubers began pointing out beginning late last week, that feature, when activated, is censoring videos merely referencing same-sex issues, including coming-out videos.
The video giant's "Restricted Mode" uses "community flagging, age-restrictions, and other signals to identify and filter out potentially inappropriate content" and is a popular tool among parents, schools and libraries to avoid blatantly NSFW content from surfacing. Responding to criticism (and the hashtag #YouTubeIsOverParty) on Sunday, YouTube insisted that "LGBTQ+ videos are available in Restricted Mode, but videos that discuss more sensitive issues may not be. We regret any confusion this has caused and are looking into your concerns."