March 20, 2017 at 11:46 am EDT | by Mariah Cooper
YouTubers outraged over LGBT censorship on ‘restricted mode’

(Rowan Ellis. Screenshot via YouTube.)

YouTube has apologized for censoring LGBT content under the digital platform’s “restricted mode” after an outcry from the YouTube community that the censorship is confusing and harmful.

“LGBTQ+ videos are available in Restricted Mode, but videos that discuss more sensitive issues may not be,” YouTube said in a statement posted on Twitter. “We regret any confusion this has caused and are looking into your concerns.”

Restricted mode filters out “potentially objectionable content” from YouTube searches but content creators are claiming their videos are being removed for simply containing LGBT material.

YouTuber Rowan Ellis addressed the issue in her video titled “YouTube is Anti – LGBT? (Restricted Content Mode)” saying that 40 of her videos are removed on restriction mode.

“One of the main issues around this is that queer youth cannot get support. YouTube is one of the only places that queer and trans youth, gay youth, bisexual youth, pansexual youth, asexual youth,  any of these kids, have a way into community, have a way into knowledge, have a way into feeling like they aren’t alone,” Ellis says. “If you’re genuinely someone who wants to protect children, this is not the way to go about it.”

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