YouTube has sadly introduced a new 'algorithm' that filters out "inappropriate" content and it's resulted in thousands of LGBTQ themed videos becoming invisible to users browsing under Restricted Mode. Restricted Mode has been around since 2015 but suddenly YouTubers have found that any 'pro-gay' videos are now almost exclusively targeted, while awful videos about hating gays are free for everyone to see. SMH.
We are honestly so, so sad to see this happen. YouTube was such a beautiful community and now they've done this?! These videos have helped MILLIONS know they're not alone... why is that a bad thing?
NeonFiona and Rowan Ellis have found any of their 'queer positive' videos now sit under the restricted banner:
Transgender YouTuber Gigi Gorgeous has also been affected and has posted a powerful video saying she is proud to be restricted and YouTube has made a HUGE mistake stopping people seeing this content. In the video she says:
"YouTube was my family, YouTube was the place where I found a community of people that understood what I was going through..." she said. "Someone's coming out video is what a 10, 11, 12-year-old — or younger — might need to see. That video might be the ultimate tipping point for them — in their transition, in their gender identity, in them becoming the best person they can be. And I really do think that this YouTube restriction stops people from being their authentic selves."
YouTube powerhouse Tyler Oakley is also leading the charge about raising awareness about YouTube's new restrictions, telling people to keep supporting the community and to not believe the platform's lies until they see a change in restrictions.
Other openly gay and bisexual YouTubers have been sharing their anger at the news, also urging YouTube to fix it NOW.
YouTube fans are also hitting back, starting the hashtag #YouTubeIsOverParty:
Are you listening YouTube? PICK UP YOUR GAME. Homophobia and transphobia are sooooo 11th century, change your values or we'll find somewhere else to watch videos.