Views of the News: YouTube Filters LGBTQ+ Material

Mar 26, 2017

For years, YouTube’s “restricted mode” has been an option for schools and parents who want to limit children’s access to sensitive content, but the site had to issue an apology after users discovered that some LGBTQ-related content was blocked under this filter.

The apology stated that while some LGBTQ-related content was available in restricted mode, videos that included “more sensitive issues” may not be.

Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discuss what YouTube classifies as “sensitive issues” on the weekly media criticism program “Views of the News.”

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Just the mention of LGBTQ in one are of the country or the state sends triggers, and that is one of the things that causes problems in trying to determine whether or not this filter is actually working. -- Earnest Perry

YouTube states that it uses many factors to determine what is filtered under restricted mode, such as video title, description, age-restrictions and more.