YouTube has been sued by several LGBTQ social media stars, who allege that the company discriminates against them by restricting their content from making money and limited its distribution.
The LGBTQ community claims that “unlawful content regulation, distribution, and monetization practices that stigmatize, restrict, block, demonetize, and financially harm the LGBTQ+ Plaintiffs and the greater LGBTQ+ Community.”
The platform has been created for users to earn money from ads running on their videos, some LGBTQ people have expressed concern about their videos being cut off from earning ad revenue and becoming age restricted.
According to the rules of the platform, when a video is age restricted, it won’t be seen by users under 18 and creators can’t make money from it. Those videos also can be harder for new viewers to find.
Reports say a spokesperson for YouTube said “Our policies have no notion of sexual orientation or gender identity and our systems do not restrict or demonetize videos based on these factors or the inclusion of terms like ‘gay’ or ‘transgender”.
Some of the LGBTQ community’s individuals laying the complaint include Five sets of YouTubers—GNews! producers Celso Dulay and Chris Knight, Bria Kam and Chrissy Chambers, Brett Somers of WattsTheStanford, transgender YouTuber Chase Ross and Queer Kid Stuff creator Lindsay Amer.
The lawsuit also highlights that YouTube denied an LGBTQ news show the right to advertise and thereby increase its viewership on the platform.
According to the lawsuit, Divino Group — the company behind GlitterBombTV.com’s “GNews!” show — was not allowed to run an ad to promote a Christmas holiday video.
Addressing the lawsuit, YouTube apologized to Divino for what they said was a “misunderstanding” and eventually agreed to run the ad. However, this happened more than three weeks after the Christmas holiday had passed.
The relationship between YouTube and some members of the LGBTQ community have repeatedly been rash in recent years. The social platform believes that all its policies are meant for everybody not for a particular set of people.
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