YouTube in­ves­ti­gates LGBT re­stric­tions

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Sev­eral YouTube users, many of them in the les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der com­mu­nity, have been com­plain­ing that their videos are cat­e­go­rized as “re­stricted” for no ob­vi­ous rea­sons. Be­sides wed­ding vows be­tween two women, tar­geted videos in­clude com­ing out sto­ries and one from YouTube celebrity Tyler Oak­ley ti­tled “8 Black LGBTQ+ Trail­blaz­ers Who In­spire Me.” Af­ter sev­eral days of com­plaints, Google hinted Mon­day that it might have made a mis­take and said it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing. The “re­stricted” des­ig­na­tion lets par­ents, schools and li­braries fil­ter out con­tent that isn’t ap­pro­pri­ate for users un­der 18. Turn­ing on the re­stric­tion makes videos in­ac­ces­si­ble. YouTube calls it “an op­tional feature used by a very small sub­set of users.”

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