YouTube has made changes to its shady “Restricted Mode” after LGBTI-related videos cannot be found in search.
Therefore the LGBTI communities praised YouTube for fixing this unfair filtering.
Last month YouTube came under fire for blocking LGBTI-related videos in Restricted Mode.
There was a feature that YouTube says can be used by children and families to help screen out content that is not of interest to them.
Queer YouTube stars hit out when harmless content disappeared from the search filters.
As a result of the filtering, the content had been caught in the net and was disappearing from users’ channels.
YouTube Product Management Vice President Johanna Wright.
Explained in a blog post that the site had “fixed an issue” that was incorrectly filtering the videos.
“12 million additional videos of all types – including hundreds of thousands featuring LGBTQ+ content – are available in Restricted Mode.”
And Added, “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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