YouTubers claim restrictions targeting gay-themed content

YouTube says its restricted mode uses "community flagging, age-restrictions, and other signals to identify and filter out potentially inappropriate content."

YouTube is explaining why some gay-themed content is being restricted following complaints from users.

Robert Kyncl

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2015, file photo, Robert Kyncl, YouTube Chief Business Officer, speaks as YouTube unveils "YouTube Red," a new subscription service, at YouTube Space LA offices in Los Angeles. YouTube explained why some gay-themed content was restricted for certain users in a tweet on March 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

Several uploaders have reported on Twitter that their videos had been filtered out for those browsing YouTube under its “restricted” setting. The complaints spawned the hashtag #YouTubeIsOverParty . One creator made a video to voice her complaints last week.

YouTube says its restricted mode uses “community flagging, age-restrictions, and other signals to identify and filter out potentially inappropriate content.”

YouTube further explained in a tweet Sunday that “LGBTQ+ videos are available in Restricted Mode, but videos that discuss more sensitive issues may not be.” YouTube says it regrets any confusion over the policy and says it’s looking into concerns.