YouTube Restricted Mode update: why your content may be restricted - and a new way to provide feedback!

YouTube has fixed a glitch with Restricted Mode, and is providing more details about why a video may be restricted.

On the engineering side, we fixed an issue that was incorrectly filtering videos for this feature, and now 12 million additional videos of all types -- including hundreds of thousands featuring LGBTQ+ content -- are available in Restricted Mode.

If you find a video that you believe should be available in Restricted Mode, but is not, you can submit this form to let YouTube know:

But first consider why videos are not available in Restricted Mode:

Drugs and alcohol: If you’re talking about drug use or abuse, or if you’re drinking alcohol in your videos, your videos will likely not be available in Restricted Mode.

Sex: While some educational, straightforward conversations about sexual education may be included in Restricted Mode, overly detailed conversations about sex or sexual activity will likely be removed. This is one of the more difficult topics to train our systems on, and context is key. If your music video features adult themes like sex or drug use, that video will likely not make it into Restricted Mode.

Violence: If your video includes graphic descriptions of violence, violent acts, natural disasters and tragedies, or even violence in the news, it will likely not appear in Restricted Mode.

Mature subjects: Videos that cover specific details about events related to terrorism, war, crime, and political conflicts that resulted in death or serious injury may not be available on Restricted Mode, even if no graphic imagery is shown.

Profane and mature language: Inappropriate language including profanity like “F bombs” will also likely result in your video not being available in Restricted Mode.

As YouTube pointed out previously, only "about 1.5 percent of YouTube’s daily views come from people who have Restricted Mode turned on." If your video is restricted, but otherwise complies with the YouTube Community guidelines, you probably are not missing many views.

Learn more on the +YouTube Creators blog:

How to enable and disable Restricted Mode:

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