After being granted clemency last year by outgoing President Obama, Chelsea Manning announced that she will be running as a Democratic candidate for US Senate in Maryland last week.
Her campaign video that was released on Sunday featured the former Wikileaks whistleblower talking about challenging power – something that has come to define her career.
“We need to stop asking them to give us our rights. They won’t support us, they won’t compromise,” she said. “Take the reigns of power.”
The video which featured images of protest and Manning walking down the street has now been age-restricted and labelled as “inappropriate for some users”.
Community guidelines restrict videos if the content involves nudity, is sexually explicit, hateful, harmful or if it is violent or dangerous. However, the campaign video included none of the above.
This isn't the first time that YouTube has made a questionable decision regarding LGBT content on its platform. The company exhibited a similar heavy-handedness when pulling down Mykki Blanco’s “Loner” music video which was quickly removed for showing a man’s bulge, and queer sex ed bloggers have been repeatedly flagged.
However, the company failed to take down Logan Paul’s vlog which showed a dead body hanging in Japan’s “suicide forest” leaving it up for over 24 hours before Paul deleted it himself.
YouTube are yet to comment on the recent decision to restrict Manning’s campaign material.