YouTube now allows more videos to be seen in Restrictive Mode, including those showing LGBTQ+ issues

YouTube's Restricted Mode is designed to prevent the kiddies from viewing something that would no doubt blow their minds. But in the process of making sure that certain videos couldn't be viewed by minors (no matter how hard they tried), a large number of relatively harmless videos were also getting blocked. And that included many clips with LGBTQ+ content.

After being criticized for being too restrictive, YouTube announced today that it has made changes to whatever in its system was "incorrectly filtering videos for [the] feature." The fix itself is kind of interesting. YouTube manually went through videos that previously would have been blocked with Restricted Mode, and used this knowledge to train its algorithm. With this change, Restricted Mode now has access to 12 million videos that previously were blocked.

Some of the 12 million new additions include the wedding vows of a lesbian couple, and someone coming out to their grandmother. The system will never be perfect admits YouTube, which means that some G rated videos are going to considered too racy for kids to view. If you uploaded a video to the streaming video site and it ended up getting filtered out by Restrictive Mode, you can now appeal by sending in a Restrictive Mode feedback form with your reasons why the video should not be censored.

Of course, if you're an adult, you have the option of disabling Restrictive Mode in the first place.

source: YouTube via Engadget



1. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

"LGBTQ+" Its getting bigger every other day. Now its LGBTQIAPK. How far can it go?


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

It'll go until it consumes​ us all...

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

don't forget to add vegans in that list

7. Lois13

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

Pretty soon it'll be so long that you won't be able to say/type it all. They have to keep adding on so they don't offend anyone. And they're creating new genders every day to go along with it all. What a time to be alive.

18. noerdlinger

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 20, 2014


44. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

Oh no, a term used to refer to something as complex as sexual orientation and gender identity is really long to be all encompassing. How dare it.

2. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Hopefully they will allow serious talks about serious topics, as it didn't before. Take talking about depression and how you handle it, giving advise? nope, couldn't have that when restrictive mode came in.

3. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Keeping snowflakes in order costs money, you know.

6. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 191; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

Gonna give Google a credits for this, well done YouTube, don't listen to misogynist Android users say, all they do is hate

8. Tipus

Posts: 894; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

You're trying too hard dude :))))

35. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"all they do is hate" Says someone who's hobby is to hate anything non-apple. Never go full retard. Oh wait, you do it everyday.

9. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

LGBTQ+ videos should remain restricted, those were not intended for children. YouTube should not listen to those criticism if they care about the values and future of humanity.

10. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Generally though the videos there are informative, and supporting others in the community or those stuck unable to be who they want to be? Not being part of the community, my statement is only speculation. But in general there seems nothing wrong about supporting others, and talking about issues and problems they may face and how to deal with them? How to deal with for example, people looking down on them, because unfortunately it is still a problem, one I do not get, what people do together with others in privacy really isn't something I care about unless someone is getting hurt against their will? Why shouldn't they be allowed to find the happiness where they can, how they can? you say 'if they care about values and the future of humanity' you are saying the future of humanity, should not be aimed at allowing people happiness? It is fine if you do not like those people, or you reflexively distrust them or similar, but as long as they aren't doing it near you what possible harm is there in those people being happy as they are? And yes, some people are obnoxious about their sexuality, including some in that community, definitely, but I do not think its related to the community, and rather those people simply having an obnoxious personality, which isn't something unique to that community. And if you've run into those kinds of people posting video's then I definitely understand your view, however I think those should be restrictive, because they are obnoxious, pressing their own agenda, whatever it may be, and not because of sexuality, because there are plenty of obvious agenda videos on youtube.

42. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

@xondk I am not against on the group if it is purely educational on how to cope with discrimination etc. But showing videos of gay marriage to children's kissing with the same sex is not appropriate for kids. That's what i am against with because they don't know yet what's right or wrong.

45. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

@cocoy Of all the video's I've stumbled on, on youtube, I've yet to stumble over any of those, course I watch mostly the tech side and its oddities, so I can't say they aren't there. Here's the thing though, you are right, kids do not know what is right or wrong, but should they really learn that based upon two people being affectionate, simply because they are same gender? If they ask about it, a simple, "Some simply (gender) like kissing (same gender)" would be a simple answer, I could easily see being enough for kids, they do not need the details. I'd like to think we teach children the best we have in us, and want them to improve over us, rather then teaching them disliking and hating right off the bat. Kids are impressionable, sure, but they are also individuals, if they don't like something, well they will indicate it. So maybe it is a projection of parents not wanting their kids to be part of that group? and sure I get that, but even so, isn't it better for their kids to be happy, and whatever sexuality they are? rather then trying to hide that and lead a "normal" life? I just don't see why I should waste my time trying to make others miserable, when they aren't harming anyone? if people are happy, not harming anyone, then its fine? at least to me.

43. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

Okay, so neither is anything that is relating to straight people. Those kids shouldn't have access to wedding ceremonies, or straight people kissing. They're too young to know the difference from right and wrong.

11. SCell

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 23, 2017

To be a gay is not normal! It is normally to get users decide himselfs what kind of video they wanna be seeing by they kids!

12. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Actually it seems several scientists have theories that point out that homosexuality might have an evolutionary advantage, in short a male protecting the home without being a 'threat' to the other males because he might go for their females. Just saying, its fine if you don't like those people, that's your choice, but say that instead rather then 'its not normal' And most of these video's are some you need to search for, it is a topic you need to look for on youtube, and if kids are searching for that, then yeah, youtube likely is not the reason for it, but either outside rl or other sites, cause them to do so. So that's where people should look to figure out why the kids are looking at this? and take a little responsibility, talk with their kids about it? Course I at least wonder, considering the massive amount of violent video's out there, on youtube as well, where violence is used 'for fun' or as part of a game, say, the various 'prank' channels and kids then emulate those and end up hurting others or getting hurt, is a significantly bigger problem and one that has been proven happen, violent video games, kids know aren't real, real people playing 'pranks' on eachother, and that looks like fun, emulate that. Some people having video's where they talk about these issues? how they could what....emulate talking about the issues?

13. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

To be gay is a choice. Everyone encounters a point in life where they try to figure out their own sexuality.

17. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

So you choose to be straight?

19. noerdlinger

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 20, 2014

In the same way that heterosexuality is a choice as well, no?

14. stijnvbml

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Being gay is normal. Gay behoviour (sexually) is common in the animal kingdom and happened in ancient Rome. Google should not make that content restricted. Parents obviously should have control over their kids viewing behavior but if it is not any innapropriate content, banning it is scandalous. I am not gay but if someone's prefers the same gender, I think that is totally normal. I do not know which kind of videos are blocked though, I assume only inappropriate ones.

20. SCell

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 23, 2017

It is not normal. This is a perversion.Gays should be treated in psychiatric clinics. Otherwise they will make us gay.

22. noerdlinger

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 20, 2014

No we won't. We wouldn't have you. If for no other reason, than for your abhorrent grammar.

23. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I hope you are not series

24. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015


25. SCell

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 23, 2017

I am serious. Gay-lobby perverted your consciousness

29. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Your bigoted ideology has perverted your consciousness

15. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Not to be harsh but kids should not be exposed to this kind of issues until their older. Not to say it's bad thing but exposing them to social issues would only confuse them.

16. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Dunno, kids are exposed and shaped from an early age, they learn tolerance and whatnot, and at least in my experience, if you keep something away from kids, they will get curious, if you just explain it in a simple, none detailed way, sating their curiosity, they forget it within 5 seconds. But parents also shape their kids with such things as tolerance, again, very early in life, so the problem would seem to be that many people are uncomfortable with the topic as a whole, so yeah. Course when then you get certain people from that community beating people over the head about something they are uncomfortable about, you get the tensions we see.

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