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LGBT Videos Restricted on Youtube

Despite the democratisation of the internet, lauded by many as a triumph for marginalised voices, YouTube seems very contrary in the taking down of LGBT content. YouTube is a platform where LGBTQ+ vloggers can connect with others all over the world, providing a much-needed forum of support and visibility, particularly for young people. However, it seems that YouTube filters out much of this content as it is deemed ‘unsuitable’ for families and children.

Tyler Oakley, one of Youtube’s biggest stars, has started the YouTubeIsOverParty hashtag, which has rallied support from thousands of people who pointed out YouTube’s hypocrisy in not removing damaging homophobic videos.

Whether this is a glitch in the algorithm or something more deliberately censorious, YouTube have tweeted: “we are so proud to represent LGBTQ+ voices on our platform – they’re a key part of what YouTube is all about. The intention of Restricted Mode is to filter out mature content for the tiny subset of users who want a more limited experience. LGBTQ+ videos are available in Restricted Mode, but those that discuss sensitive topics may not be. We regret any confusion this has caused and are looking into your concerns. We appreciate your feedback and passion for making YouTube such an inclusive, diverse, and vibrant community”.

Follow #YouTubeIsOverParty on Twitter for the latest on this story. It is to be hoped that YouTube rethink this harmful policy ASAP.

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Art on a Postcard Presents: Secret Auction 2017 for the Hepatitis C Trust

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SEEN cannot believe that she hasn’t listened to anything by the great Omar Souleyman, before. He started out as a wedding singer in his native Syria before re-locating to Turkey six years ago to escape the civil war. Since then he’s toured the globe, collaborated with Björk and Four Tet, performed at the Nobel Peace Prize …