YouTube, the democratic video upload mecca and queer internet utopia, just changed its politics in a major way. Of course, you probably didn’t notice, unless you happened to be watching on ‘Restricted View.’
As you may have imagined, ‘Restricted View’ is a tool for parents to shield their kids from the harsh realities of the real internet. Much like any parental controls, the restricted setting passes videos through a filter to make sure anything that passes through is 100% ‘family friendly’. And we all know what that’s code for.
Needless to say, queer YouTube is not here for it, including one of YouTube’s most biggest content creators, Tyler Oakley.
— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) March 19, 2017
And he ain’t the only one:
ALL 3 OF MY RECENT VIDEOS (ABOUT ME BEING TRANS) ARE GONE AFTER YOU TURN ON HE AGE RESTRICTION FILTER I’M SO UPSET. 😡 https://t.co/IpVnL7zfph
— Seaine (@SeaineLove) March 17, 2017
We’ll see how YouTube responds to the claims of anti-LGBT censorship as the story develops. Something tells us they’ll come up with something reasonably slick. All of the side eye will be going to YouTube corporate this week.