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20 Jun 2017

YouTube rehashes its policy to allow LGBTQ videos

Previously a faction of LGBTQ YouTube creators had complained that their uploaded videos were being kept hidden behind the Restricted Mode of the platform even after complying with all of the YouTube norms and not having any mature content.

YouTube has now apologized for the guffaw and has said that it is taking steps to fix this anomaly.

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YouTube rejigs policy, shares plan for Pride Month


What was the hiccup?

The Restricted mode was created by YouTube to make sure that public institutions had the ability to prevent users from watching soft porn or violence related graphic content on public systems.

However, somehow this mode got extended to the level of blocking LGBTQ content, which should ideally not have anything to do with the restriction parameters set by the firm for handling controversial content.


What are they doing about it?

CEO Susan Wojcicki said, the guidelines have now been altered and they are also in conversation with several volunteer LGBTQ employees and key LGBTQ creators to devise measures that would make sure that this doesn't happen again.

YouTube said that it prides itself as a gender neutral platform and acknowledges the part played by LGBTQ creators and fans in the growth of the platform.

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YouTube's Pride Month plans


YouTube's Pride Month plans

Susan also unveiled the platform's plans for YouTube's Pride Month and said, on June 27 it will introduce a permanent shelf on its US Spotlight channel that will showcase LGBTQ videos throughout the year.

It is also partnering up with the NYC LGBT Community Center to celebrate LGBTQ history.

Google.org has announced a $1m grant to support Stonewall National Monument, an LGBTQ dedicated landmark.


Extended discussions, feedback sessions and assistance

YouTube will host a series of six Creator Roundtables in NYC, LA, Toronto, Paris, Berlin, and London to discuss initiatives that have impacted the LGBTQ community and will take feedback on how it can better its services.

It'll also be working with 25 global suicide prevention organizations to provide surface attention via phone calls and text messages to those who are going through ordeals.

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