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Gay Community Criticizes YouTube, Says Parental Controls Censors Their Content


By Eric Lieberman

A number of popular homosexual, bisexual, and transgender internet stars are criticizing YouTube over accusations the video-sharing website is censoring its content with a family-friendly filter.

YouTube officials said Sunday they’re investigating the complaints by some users, specifically that the “restricted mode” is unduly rendering videos created by or associated with members of the gay community inaccessible, according to The New York Times.

Even popular YouTuber Casey Neistat — who recently signed a media contract estimated worth around $25 million with CNN — addressed the situation, and supported a fellow web celebrity.

The tech company denies the full degree of the allegations, saying the filter (a parental-control option) does not block content based off of the user’s sexual orientation, but rather on the presence of more adult appropriate topics, like health and sexuality.

YouTube, though, officially apologized for “all the confusion.”

Some of YouTube’s more famous personalities weren’t too pleased with the language of the statement.

Jenna Marbles, who boasts over 17 million subscribers, said the apology was of dubious genuineness.

The Twitter hashtag #YouTubeIsOverParty was trending on the social media platform for some time over the weekend.

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