There are few things quite as satisfying as witnessing cannibalism within the social justice warrior movement, and that’s exactly what’s happening over in the safe space-laden corridors of YouTube. An army of LGBT vloggers are up in arms after YouTube “accidentally” began filtering out gay- and trans-themed videos from its family-friendly “restricted mode.”
“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,” YouTube tweeted on Monday after releasing a statement over the weekend that its parental-control mode was working as intended.
At the center of the issue were videos made by prominent LGBT YouTube personalities that were considered suitable for children and did not discuss any sensitive issues related to sexuality, health or politics.
Prominent gay rights YouTuber Tyler Oakley, for example, took to Twitter to complain that a harmless and “intersectional” video that he recently posted was blocked under Restricted Mode.
“Still not fixed. One of my recent videos ‘8 Black LGBTQ+ Trailblazers Who Inspire Me’ is blocked because of this. I’m perplexed, @YouTube,” he wrote.
In a similar vein, lesbian icons Tegan and Sara called on YouTube to publicize the standards that it uses to determine which videos are flagged for removal and which are considered acceptable despite delving into LGBT territory.
“Glad u guys are looking into your mistake. But perhaps u should also share how u will determine what is ‘sensitive’ and will b restricted?” they wrote on Twitter.
According to YouTube, Restricted Mode is an “optional feature used by a very small subset of users who want to have a more limited YouTube experience,” which it accomplishes by implementing “community flagging, age-restrictions, and other signals.”
Not even a virtual safe space is exempt from snowflake tears. Beautiful.