YouTube "Fixes" Its Restricted Mode After YouTubers Threaten To Quit
24 April 2017, 11:19
Are things about to get better for creators?
Over a month ago, YouTubers got understandably upset when evidence came to light that a malfunctioning Restricted Mode feature was hiding their videos. YouTube tried to explain that their algorithm was incorrectly censoring LGBTQ+ videos based on mature content filters picking up explicit words in titles and tags, but only now have they come up with a fix.... after YouTubers threaten to leave for good.
Popular LGBTQ+ YouTubers BriaAndChrissy recently uploaded a video saying that their monthly revenue had gone from $3000-$3500 dollars, down to a measly $200 after the Restricted Mode feature censored their entire channel. They're having to resort to websites like Patreon and their fans donations to keep their channel alive. On the other side of the censorships, even YouTube God PewDiePie admits to seeing a huge drop in his ad revenue and is seeking other ventures such as Twitch in addition to making satirical jokes about going "family friendly" to keep his career afloat.
You can hear more about BriaAndChrissy's struggles with uploading inside the Restricted Mode below, and why they felt like they needed to threaten YouTube.
Thankfully, this new fix might be able to help creators out so no one else feels at risk of losing their income. A new blog post explains how an engineering fix has now allowed "12 million additional videos of all types" to appear whilst in Restricted Mode as the algorithm updated to spot for context and the purpose of each individual video.
YouTube has also added a new form for creators to use if they feel like their videos are being unfairly restricted, and they can now prove this with a brand new set of "clearer guidelines creators should think about if they want their videos to appear in Restricted Mode". Whilst topics of "sex" and "mature subjects" are still likely to be restricted, creators will now be able to pinpoint exactly how they crossed the line.
Before signing off on the blog post, YouTube state that they plan to be more transparent about their filters in a move to dampen anyone else's need to threaten their channels with huge actions:
"We want to clarify that Restricted Mode should not filter out content belonging to individuals or groups based on certain attributes like gender, gender identity, political viewpoints, race, religion or sexual orientation."
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