YouTube just got a Queer Filter

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Queer content creators have accused YouTube of hiding their videos with a new “restricted mode”. The video sharing site introduced the feature to automatically filter out “offensive content”.

According to Google, the company uses “community flagging, age-restriction, and other signals to identify and filter out potentially inappropriate content”.

Rowan Ellis is one of many LGBT creators who have criticised YouTube for the feature, arguing that it means their content is being blocked. Ellis made a video hitting out at YouTube, and when restricted mode is turned on the video is hidden. She said that move by YouTube implies a “bias” because it “equates LGBT with ‘not family friendly’.”

 NeonFiona, another LGBT creator posted screen shots of her channel without the mode, and with the mode. Videos with the words gay, lesbian and bisexual were all hidden from her channel with the mode switched on. Trans YouTuber SeaineLove also found her videos were hidden with the feature. She considers the videos that were hidden to be “pretty G rated”.

The YouTubers who are finding that their content is being censored have expressed that they’re not worried about the effect on the ratings, but the effect on young people seeking out their own LGBT education. Seaine said she wanted young LGBT identifying people to “be able to watch my videos and go ‘Hey, I feel the same way! That’s how I am too!”

NeonFiona added: “Kids who want to know about different orientations and definitions and about the history of LGBT people, etc, they can’t access that when their videos are being restricted. Restricting these videos makes it harder for these kids to find information they need and the community that they’ve been missing.”

A spokesperson for Google said: “Restricted Mode is an optional feature used by a very small subset of users who want to have a more limited YouTube experience. Some videos that cover subjects like health, politics and sexuality may not appear for users and institutions that choose to use this feature.”

YouTube has always claimed to be queer friendly. But it’s making it seem that all videos that talk about someone’s sexual, romantic or gender identity – aren’t appropriate, even when they don’t show it in a sexual way.

via PinkNews & Affinity

Comments 9

  1. Is default setting On or Off? As long as the default is Off, I can’t see getting to hot and bothered by this unless you’re a member of the Permanently Offended (TM).

    1. @Audaciter The feature is optional but it’s not the issue. The issue is that if you enable YouTube’s equivalent of Parental Filtering, there is no way to customize the type of content that you actually want to exclude, for instance educational videos about LGBT issues.

      I already reported on this to YouTube, the “Restricted Mode” is too broadly defined and not transparent, it should have customizable subcategories.

  2. Oh boohoo. Maybe if the entire LGBT Youtube community wasn’t just flaming stereotypes kissing anyone who will come onto their shitty channel for the views, this wouldn’t happen. Black Youtube = Hip Hop and WorldStar and screaming. All relatively viewer friendly. Asian Youtube = fashion and music and whatnot. All viewer friendly. You know what isn’t fucking viewer friendly? “HOW MANY DILDOS CAN I BUY FOR 15 DOLLARS?!” “BLAH BLAH VISITS MY HOUSE TO PRACTICE BLOWING EACH OTHER” “TWERKING AT CHURCH WITH THE SPECIFIC GOAL OF PISSING PEOPLE OFF.”

    Gay Youtube isn’t SFW. Get the fuck over it. If you want to be seen as SFW, quit acting like stereotypical faggota for attention.

    1. I hope you understand the difference between “Maybe if the entire LGBT Youtube community wasn’t just flaming stereotypes” and you stereotyping the entire LGBT Youtube community. Belief does not equal facts.

  3. 🤗Frankly there’s no real difference between YouTube’s restriction mode and the settings on any search engine. Occassionly I’m offended by some of the images that pop up when my filters are off,(by choice) and I roll it back to moderate though I’ve never ever set it to ‘strict’!
    ~Even the youngest kids nowadays are computer savvy enough to reset their own search modes while searching so it’s up to their parents to monitor them…

    🙀Strict
    Filter out adult text, images, and videos from your search results.
    😼Moderate
    Filter adult images and videos but not text from your search results.
    😈Off
    Don’t filter adult content from your search results.

  4. Is this just a “coincidence” this is happening just 2 months into a Trump-Pence Presidency? I think not.

    Here’s the most important statement in the above article:
    “The YouTubers who are finding that their content is being censored have expressed that they’re not worried about the effect on the ratings, but the effect on young people seeking out their own LGBT education.

    This is a near-equivalence of appointing Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.

    And this one is a doosy:
    Some videos that cover subjects like health, politics and sexuality may not appear for users and institutions that choose to use this feature.”

    Yeah, that’s the spirit, Google, filter out “raw” information regarding health and sexuality so as to further spread STDs. After all, we wouldn’t want a society “offended” by what’s happening in doctors’ offices and hospitals on a daily basis.

  5. What young people are using youTube with the content filters on? Even if their parents enable them, it takes all of 2 seconds to disable them when they’re not looking…

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