#YouTubeIsOverParty: Popular YouTubers lash out after video-sharing site 'censors' their clips

By Pam Magwaza
20 March 2017

Video-sharing website YouTube has come under fire after several popular users claimed the platform is censoring their LGBTQA+ videos.

Video-sharing website YouTube has come under fire after several popular users claimed the platform is censoring their LGBTQA+ videos.

YouTubers such as Tyler Oakley, who boasts 8 million subscribers, and Tegan and Sara, who have 230 000 subscribers, were at the forefront of the outcry against YouTube.

They claim their videos containing LGBTQA+ topics where put in YouTube's restricted category — which is essentially what YouTube uses to filter out potentially objectionable content that users may not want to see.

This means that any user who has their YouTube on restricted mode would not have been able to see some content from these YouTubers. This has also been the case for many videos with LGBTQA+ in their titles. The acronym LGBTQA+ is used to refer to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and asexual issues. The '+' denotes to other sexual orientations like pansexual.

The issue gained traction on Twitter, spawning the trending hashtag #YouTubeIsOverParty.

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Twitter also got behind South African-born singer-songwriter and actor Troye Sivan, whose videos are among those placed under the restricted banner.

YouTube has since tweeted an apology, reassuring users that it is not their intention to block out the LGBTQA+ community.

YouTube’s parent company Google told BuzzFeed News that LGBT-related videos are still available in restricted mode, but “some videos that cover subjects like health, politics, and sexuality may not appear for users and institutions that choose to use this feature.”

The apology has done little to quell users. UK YouTube ambassador Rowan Ellis posted this video about the situation:

Sources: Buzzfeed, Twitter

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