YouTube on Monday admitted that its family-friendly “restricted mode” had wrongly labeled some videos on its site, apologized and promised to fix the error, after users complained that the video-hosting site was filtering some videos about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.
YouTube had faced pressure over the weekend from some of its biggest stars to address the issue with the optional parental-control mode, and Monday’s statement appeared to go further than one released over the weekend that had said the platform was looking into some user concerns.
The videos hidden from view when the filter is turned on include an LGBT couple reading their wedding vows to each other, a straightforward makeup tutorial for trans women, and a YouTube “spotlight” video celebrating Pride month.
Some video creators said the filtering shields lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children from the resources and support the videos can provide.
Prison guards cleared
Darren Rainey, an inmate at the Dade Correctional Institution in South Florida, was serving a prison sentence for cocaine possession in 2012 when guards forced him into a shower stall and locked the door.
From the outside, they turned the water on hot, possibly as high as 180 degrees, then walked away. Rainey, a 50-year-old with schizophrenia, could be heard screaming, a fellow inmate said later. After nearly two hours, the guards found Rainey lying dead on his back in 3 inches of water. His skin had reddened and begun to peel, according to the Miami Herald.
Rainey’s death prompted a sweeping investigation by the Miami Herald, which reported that Dade corrections officers had rigged the shower to punish inmates who misbehaved. The paper also reported that Dade guards would douse inmates with chemicals, starve them and force them to fight.
But a two-year probe of the incident by law enforcement officials uncovered no evidence of wrongdoing. On Friday, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle released a report calling Rainey’s death an accident and clearing the four guards involved.
Review praises officers
MINNEAPOLIS — A federal review released Monday of an 18-day standoff outside a Minneapolis police station following the fatal shooting of a black man in 2015 found problems with the city’s coordination and communication but praised officers for their professionalism and the peaceful end to the protest.
The Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services conducted the review at the city’s request after the shooting of Jamar Clark, 24, on Nov. 15, 2015. His death in a confrontation with two white officers sparked an occupation outside the station and other protests that were largely peaceful. The only serious injuries occurred when a group of alleged white supremacists fired at demonstrators, wounding five, the report said.
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