So YouTube have been in some fairly hot water over the past week – mostly with their LGBTQ+ creator community. The site’s new “Restricted” feature is designed to be presentable to kids; but so far this has involved hiding a massive amount of videos that feature content and keywords relating to race, mental health, and LGBTQ+ topics.
Reps were forced to apologise after YouTubers everywhere realised their videos and channels were disappearing; but a handful of creators were unsatisfied with their response. As a result, they’ve put their heads together to offer an alternative approach to filtering and demonetising content without warning.
So a petition has been launched to propose improvements to YouTube’s restriction tool.
Fronted by gay British vlogger Jazza John and supported by a large group of YouTube’s LGBTQ+ elite, the petition aims not to scrap the Restricted mode; but instead to offer a clear and direct approach that makes it effective without alienating the site’s core creator base.
“We understand and appreciate the value of the Restricted Mode,” the petition reads. “But we make the following requests of YouTube going forward in a hope that this tool can work best for the site, but also ensure that its communities, and vulnerable users, are not affected.”
The petition has three clear proposals for improving the Restricted tool.
With these suggested points, there could potentially be clearer communication between YouTube and YouTubers, as well less possibility of actually having your videos unfairly restricted. In a nutshell, they are as follows:
- Inform channels when their videos have been blocked in restricted mode.
- Give guidelines that indicate what content is filtered out under restricted mode.
- Give channels a clear way to appeal what they see as unjustified inclusion in restricted content.
Hopefully with enough voices added to the list, YouTube will take heed of these suggestions and consider implementing them; because if everyone can agree on one thing, it’s that their current system can’t continue.