YouTube in hot water for restricting LGBTQ videos


Columbia, S.C. (WACH)-- The creators of YouTube is looking into a controversial decision to filter out LGBTQ+ material, labeling it as "restricted" content for users.

The popular social video-steaming site is causing controversy with the LGBTQ+ community with its new restriction causing viewers of a particular age to be able to view certain videos pertaining to LGBTQ issues.

On Monday YouTube Creators issued an apology on their Twitter page and admitted to wrongly labeling some videos on the site, after receiving several complaints from users.

"Sorry for all the confusion with Restricted Mode. Some videos have been incorrectly labeled, and that's not right. We're on it! More to come."

In an earlier statement, posted Sunday, YouTube said that many of the videos featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender content were not affected by the filter because the filter only targeted videos that discussed sensitive topics.

However several YouTube account holders argued that other videos that did not discuss sensitive topics required parental advisory.

YouTube personality and gay-rights advocate Tyler Oakley pointed out that blocking content shields LGBTQ+ children from resources and support the videos can provide.

The sites restricted mode is an "optional feature for users who want to have a limited experience. The feature uses filters such as community flagging and age-restrictions for parents and schools to restrict certain content to young children.

Share with us your thoughs on our Facebook page, do you think that LGBTQ+ content should be blocked and controlled by parents? Or do you think it would be best for children to have access to LGBTQ+ resources and support.

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