YouTube said today that it was investigating accusations that it was restricting access to videos focusing on LGBTQ issues.
The company, a division of Alphabet (GOOGL) , was responding to LGBTQ vloggers who said that videos referencing same-sex relationships were placed behind a restricted mode filter. YouTube uses the filter to limit access to content that might be deemed inappropriate for wider audiences.
The controversy comes at a sensitive time for the LGBTQ community as it addresses the fallout from Donald Trump's election. Trump seems likely to roll back certain protections of LGBTQ protections, and a number of his supporters have at times used harsh language to discuss LGBTQ issues.
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The videos included discussions of sexuality and same-sex marriage but also encompassed music videos. Among the vloggers who registered their concerns were influencers Rowan Ellis and Tyler Oakley. Ellis's video accused YouTube of anti-LGBTQ bias. Ellis said that she had about 40 of her videos with LGBTQ content placed in restricted mode.
"This is something that no one is really sure how it's working, but we know that it has a targeted affect for LGBTQ individuals whether that is automatic tagging of content that they don't thing is appropriate," Ellis said in a video. "This is something that goes beyond a mistake that YouTube made to draw attention and fix later."
In a Sunday night Tweet, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said that the LGBTQ community was "important" to YouTube and that she was "pushing her team to investigate."