A bunch of YouTubers have discovered that a lot of their content – primarily stuff that is explicitly about their experiences as queer folk – have automatically been censored by YouTube, allowing them to fall into the pool of ‘restricted content’ on the site.
With the click of a button YouTube’s restricted mode makes me appear straight. Even when you dig/type in my name + bisexuality, this happens pic.twitter.com/JKbivanJdS
— Melanie Murphy (@melaniietweets) March 19, 2017
— ??????. (@teahops) March 20, 2017
A message to our community … pic.twitter.com/oHNiiI7CVs
— YouTube Creators (@YTCreators) March 20, 2017
Now whether this means that YouTube will remove the opt-in restrictive content algorithm until it y’know, it stops the actual erasure and silencing of LGBTQI experience is yet to be seen. But Tyler Oakley‘s got a good idea of best steps to take until the content machine is fixed.
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
Photo: YouTube / Tyler Oakley.