Earlier in March, Youtube users began to notice that non-explicit videos featuring LGBT subjects on Youtube were classed as restricted under restriction mode, which is generally used by schools, parents, and libraries to filter out explicit content for kids. There was a huge outcry by the LGBT community, and rightfully so. It was mainly lead by musicians Tegan and Sara.
Following the outcry, Youtube tweeted out that they were making a change to this: “Some videos have been incorrectly labelled and that’s not right. We’re on it! More to come,” said Youtube. Although they tweeted this out, some videos are still being restricted — and some of those videos may be our own.
We have heard from our audiences that some of The Next Family’s Youtube videos are being restricted by Youtube under restricted mode and we can’t figure out why. Yes, we are two-mom family and that may seem “abnormal” to some people, but we are a huge family-friendly Youtube channel and there’s nothing that we put up on our channel that we couldn’t or wouldn’t show our own children.
Youtube was created as an amazing space for people to connect with others, especially those that could help them on their own journey through life. And yet, by restricting some of our videos (or so we’ve heard), Youtube isn’t giving this opportunity to LGBT youth or young adults who sometimes can’t see the future they can have, a future that we are currently living.
So, yes, we are a little mad at Youtube and we hope that they really do change these restriction modes and that we never have to hear from our audiences that our videos are being restricted again. (Come on, Youtube, you know better).
Check out our full video letter to Youtube where we talk about these restrictions: