YouTube changed its shady “Restricted Mode” after complaints LGBTI-related videos cannot be found in search.
LGBTI communities praised YouTube following the fix to the unfair filtering.
Last month, YouTube came under fire for blocking LGBTI-related videos in Restricted Mode.
YouTube said the feature helped children and families screen out content not of interest to them.
Queer YouTube stars hit out when all-ages content disappeared from the search filters.
As a result of the filtering, LGBTIQ content incorrectly identified, disappeared from users’ channels.
Following complaints, YouTube Product Management Vice President Johanna Wright explained that the site fixed the issue that incorrectly filtered the videos.
“12 million additional videos of all types – including hundreds of thousands featuring LGBTQ+ content – are available in Restricted Mode.”
She also said, “Our community alerted us that our systems were not working as intended.”
“In particular we were unintentionally filtering content from Restricted Mode that shouldn’t have been,”
“We want to clarify that Restricted Mode should not filter out content belonging to people or groups.
“This is based on certain attributes like gender, gender identity, political viewpoints, race, religion or sexual orientation.”
The blog post offered detailed guidelines on the types of filtering content.
Ms Wright added a new online form would allow users to give feedback and report videos that had been unfairly excluded from the Restricted Mode.
“Moving forward we will use this input to help improve our automated system going forward,” Ms Wright said.
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