20 Mar 2017 01:00 PM EST
YouTube is working on ways to filter out offensive content, but some vloggers have noticed that one of its latest tactics has created a serious feeling of censorship towards the LGBTQ+ community. The platform's "Restricted Mode" has been notably blocking and filtering out content from LBGBTQ+ creators, which is confusing considering that the feature is only designed to "use community flagging, age-restrictions, and other signals to identify and filter out potentially inappropriate content." Tyler Oakley, who is one of YouTube's biggest stars, recently became aware that one of his newest videos describing LGBTQ people he admires was blocked under Restricted Mode. And he is definitely not alone – other YouTubers are expressing concern about their blocked videos as well. According to Tyler and other YouTube bloggers, this feature is not only harmful but it sends the wrong message. There is nothing "inappropriate" or "offensive" about simply being who you are, and YouTube has always been an outlet for that necessary self-expression.
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