YouTube Blocks LGBTQ, Other Videos for Some Users
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YouTube confirmed that it is not showing "some videos" highlighting LGBTQ issues for users who have opted in to the platform's "Restricted Mode." Many prominent LGBTQ vloggers and voices took to Twitter over the weekend using #YouTubeIsOverParty and #YouTubeRestricted to highlight concerns that their content was missing or blocked when Restricted Mode is switched on. Users can opt in to Restricted Mode in order to "screen out potentially objectionable content," according to YouTube owner, Google. A description in its privacy and security settings states: "We use community flagging, age-restrictions, and other signals to identify and filter out potentially inappropriate content." A tweet sent from the YouTube Creators account stated: "The intention of Restricted Mode is to filter out mature content for the tiny subset of our users who want a more limited experience. LGBTQ+ videos are available in Restricted Mode, but videos that discuss more sensitive issues may not be," Users who specialize in virtual reality and gaming videos, meanwhile, also reported that some of their content appeared to be blocked, appearing to show that the issue was not restricted to LGBTQ YouTubers.

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