YouTube defends new restricted mode which blocks LGBTQ+ content

The company says only videos addressing “sensitive” issues are blocked

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YouTube's new 'Restricted Mode' has faced criticism from YouTubers and musical artists alike, after it was found to censor LGBTQ+ content.

Restricted Mode is an opt-in function designed to protect young viewers from “more mature content.” But videos offering LGBTQ perspectives on subjects like dating and attractions - such as vlogger Calum McSwiggan’s video about coming out to his grandmother - are reportedly being blocked.

Singers Tegan and Sara said “a bunch of our music videos disappear” in Restricted Mode, including one with “Nothing gay in it except us.”


The move prompted the hashtag '#YouTubeIsOver' party to circulate on Twitter last night.

In a statement, YouTube defended the new feature, saying: "LGBTQ+ videos are available in Restricted Mode, but videos that discuss more sensitive subjects may not be."

They added that they’re looking further into concerns and that some videos were "incorrectly labelled".