With this "Restricted Mode", there are a few differences, but for the most part, the story is the same. In his case, Restricted Mode appeared to hide one of his videos because of the title, not what the video entailed.
According to Gizmodo, NeonFiona is far from the only LGBT vlogger experiencing this.
Another Youtuber, Neon Fiona, who describes herself as a "queer icon" in her Twitter bio, posted a list of her videos that had been blocked versus one that hadn't. That video was promptly restricted.
Computers in places such as libraries and schools may have the feature enabled by administrators.
There's nothing inherently wrong with having age restrictions on content.
Transgender YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous addressed the issue in a video after receiving hundreds of questions from her subscribers and confirming that much of her daily content was affected by the setting. Restricting these videos makes it harder for these kids to find information they need and the community that they have been missing. They have since altered their filters.
Seeing as this is all kinds of ridiculous and wrong, it seemed only right to give a shout out to just a handful of the hundreds of LGBTQ+ YouTube creators whose content should ABSOLUTELY be out there for young people to watch - no filter necessary. She noted that no matter how unintentional it might be, the consequences can't be ignored.
YouTube spokesperson whilst speaking to The Guardian, clarified what these sensitive issues may be, for example, videos that cover subjects like health, politics and sexuality may not appear.
The feature is even hiding Tegan and Sara music videos.
"LGBTQ+ videos are avilable in Restricted Mode, but videos that discuss more sensitive issues may not be". "Yet they are apparently being treated differently".
Because she is bisexual she has made content about her partners but ones about her girlfriend vanish but others about her boyfriend remain when you search for her videos. Once a video is flagged, YouTube says it reviews it. To be fair, plenty of his content definitely doesn't meet PG-13 standards. Now, it isn't exactly clear how videos are flagged as mature or inappropriate; it could very well be based on flags reported by users or it could be a group of people within YouTube making such decisions. Say what you will about their points of view, but it's perplexing why any of their videos would be marked as restricted.