Gamers noticed that when searching up Tifa Lockhart from Final Fantasy VII on YouTube, they weren’t getting autocomplete results from the video hosting service. The autocomplete works for other characters such as Cloud, Sephiroth, and Yuffie, but not Tifa, despite the latter being rather popular.
If you go to YouTube and type in “Tifa” or “Tifa Lockhart”, there are no autocomplete returns.
The results are the complete opposite if you attempt to search up “Cloud”, “Sephiroth” or “Yuffie”. YouTube will autocomplete the search field for you and offer you various suggestions, obviously themed around Final Fantasy VII.
Apparently it’s just Tifa who is receiving this kind of autocomplete censorship, something that some gamers believe is part of YouTube’s autocomplete blocklist, which prevents certain search terms from returning autocomplete suggestions.
What’s funny is that if you compare each of the characters in Google Trends to see which one is more popular, Tifa, by and far, excels head and shoulders above the rest in terms of search frequency. So it’s not like the autocomplete is failing to provide search return suggestions because no one cares about Tifa… because they obviously do.
The big talk of the town has been Tifa and her boobs in Final Fantasy VII: Remake and Dissidia Final Fantasy NT.
Yet if you search her up on YouTube the autocomplete results are null.
Additionally, YouTube’s videos on Tifa when you do search her up mostly avoid the boob controversy and focus on gameplay and other news.
It reeks of censorship that YouTube would remove the autocomplete results for Tifa when she’s obviously the hottest topic about Final Fantasy VII Remake and Dissidia Final Fantasy NT at the moment.
Now “Tifa” and “Tifa Lockhart” are still search terms that autocomplete when you’re looking her up in Google, but they don’t autocomplete on YouTube, which ties into recent news about Google/YouTube manipulating search results based on their own ideological standards. So apparently the folks who manipulate trendy topics at YouTube don’t want you looking up Tifa’s boobs for whatever reason.
(Thanks for the news tip Ebicentre)