YouTube decided that LGBTQ+ videos are inappropriate so the queer community and other decent humans began trending #YouTubeIsOverParty.
It was the talk of twitter this weekend when YouTube decided to block any LGBTQ+ content from folks who have their settings set to restricted mode. This setting is described by YouTube as:
"“You can use Restricted Mode to help screen out potentially objectionable content that you may prefer not to see or don’t want others in your family to see on YouTube. We use community flagging, age-restrictions, and other signals to identify and filter out potentially inappropriate content.”"
As anyone could imagine, this pissed off an entire community of people (and their allies) and that community began trending #YouTubeIsOverParty and #WeAreNotInappropriate in an attempt to be heard. And they were heard, indeed. Multiple YouTubers, TV personalities, and people of the queer community decided to speak out about it.
Here’s a video that sums it all up pretty nicely. Nobody is quite sure what this restricted setting means or what YouTube is doing to try and fix this issue but we do know that it’s here, it’s relevant, and it’s effecting people who use YouTube to get exposure and to make a living.
Channels that have absolutely no inappropriate content whatsoever like Queer Kid Stuff, a channel that specifically aims to help young queer kids, was even banned in restricted mode.
What’s even more shocking is that reaction videos of specific shows that highlight a gay couple, like The CW’s Supergirl for example, are blocked in restricted mode. This means that people who simply watch an episode of Supergirl and share commentary about the scenes between Alex Danvers and Maggie Sawyers are thrown into the category of too inappropriate for some people to see.
The queer community has definitely felt a hard hit by YouTube this weekend but they’ve never been a community to back down from a fight.
So, friendly reminder to make sure that your restricted mode isn’t on because #WeAreNotInappropriate.
If you feel strongly about this issue than I suggest you subscribe to as many queer channels as possible on YouTube and support them through this unnecessary setback.