Recently, mega platform YouTube has been a topic for star content creators and fans alike. What have they been talking about? Well, YouTube recently unveiled a contoversial new privacy setting that allows the site to sort content creators posts based on if they contain “potentiallly objectable content.” Again, what is “potentiallly objectable content?” you ask, well this is where the controversy comes in.
Complaints, have come from major stars like GiGi Gorgeous (2.5M followers on YouTube), Tyler Oakley (7.5M followers on Youtube), Teagan ad Sara (238K followers on YouTube) and more. They have spoken out on their YouTube channels and social channels highlighting the issues of videos being screened off their subscribers feeds that have to do with LGBTQ content.
In the midst of the negative response, YouTube released a statment admitting their fault and acknowledging that they are aware of the inconsistancies with the filtering mechanism and its ability to properly disipher content and understand the context of select video content.
From where we are standing this certainly looks like a tool that uses a “family friendly” facade to filter out the voices of those talking about issues in the LGBTQ community.
GiGi Gorgeous used her massive following as a platform and released a video shaming YouTube for their LGBTQ discrimination. Gorgeous educated her community on the importance of LGBTQ equality, “At the end of the day, stories are what educate. Someone’s coming out video is what a 10,11,12 year old might need to see. That video might be the ultimate tipping point for them in their transition in their gender identity, in them becoming the best version of themselves that they can be.”
Do you think YouTube has gone to far? Are they targeting LGBTQ channels specifically? Or is this just the next step in safety filters for the platform. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.