Comedian Chris Crocker, one of the first LGBTQ YouTubers to gain fame on the video platform, is addressing YouTube’s recent block of LGBTQ-related content.
The 29-year-old Tennessee native became an early viral video sensation after 2007’s notorious “Leave Britney Alone!” video. Crocker addressed reported content filtering several queer YouTubers have been facing as part of the platform’s “Restricted Mode”.
“YouTube is important for LGBT youth to find other LGBT people,” Chris explained via Twitter, “[to] have [others] to relate to,” Crocker explained on Twitter. “This new ‘restriction thing’ that blocks out LGBT content is very questionable,” he continued.
The system is meant to keep children from accessing explicit content. YouTube Creators addressed concerns over the new system on Twitter:
Social media star Tyler Oakley, who is featured on Ellen DeGeneres’ online programming, was not satisfied with the YouTube Creators’ response.
The YouTube Creators Twitter account has since given an update on the situation, apologizing for videos that were incorrectly labelled as restricted content.
But many stars are still concerned, like Juno Award-winning Canadian indie pop duo Tegan and Sara, who commented on the new restrictions.
Many other social media stars took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the matter.