After several netizens voiced against the YouTube’s practice to hide LGBTQ content under the “restricted mode” category which aims to “screen out potentially objectionable content”, the video-sharing website apologised for upsetting its community saying it was a “technical error.”
“Sorry for all the confusion with Restricted Mode,” YouTube tweeted on Monday. “Some videos have been incorrectly labelled and that’s not right. We’re on it! More to come,” it said.
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 concernsYoutTube
Restricted mode is supposed to protect users who don't want to see mature content, but has also been filtering out videos that don't contain mature content.
Over the last few days, several people, including celebrities, came out criticising YouTube’s “homophobic” attitude.
“What this is assuming is that there is no such thing as LGBT kids or LGBT families. Because they are assuming that LGBT topics are kid-unfriendly and family-unfriendly, which could not be further from the truth,” a transgender YouTube star Stef Sanjati, whose videos were also blocked, said.