LGBTQ creators accuse You-Tube Of discrimination at class-action lawsuIt alleging It unfairly restricts & demonetizes queer contentBusiness Insider #It_Indicates

LGBTQ creators accuse You-Tube Of discrimination at class-action lawsuIt alleging It unfairly restricts & demonetizes queer contentBusiness Insider #It_Indicates

August 14, 2019 0 By NewsTakers

LGBTQ creators are suing YouTube and its parent company, Google, alleging the video platform discriminated against them by unfairly applying its policies in a way that restricts queer content from making money and being seen by a wide audience.
The lawsuit alleges that YouTube’s policies are not applied evenly across content, allowing LGBTQ content to be marked as “shocking” and “sexually explicit” and hate speech to remain on the platform.
YouTube deploys “unlawful content regulation, distribution, and monetization practices that stigmatize, restrict, block, demonetize, and financially harm the LGBTQ+ Plaintiffs and the greater LGBTQ+ Community,” the suit says.
When Dulay and Knight tried to dispute YouTube’s decision, a content regulator allegedly told the two that their ad was likely rejected because of the “gay thing.”
“So many people have demanded change, have been shut out, and have went on to pursue other careers,” Bria Kam, one-half of the YouTube couple Bria and Chrissy , told Business Insider.
The suit alleges that YouTube’s policies that determine which videos are eligible for ads and monetization unfairly target LGBTQ content.
Many YouTubers have long insisted that these algorithms are programmed to demonetize and restrict videos with LGBTQ-related terms and content in them.
However, one of the plaintiffs in the suit, YouTuber Chase Ross , alleges that his experiences have proved otherwise.
In the lawsuit, Ross says he recently tested his theory that certain words trigger videos to be restricted.
He uploaded two videos last month in which he reviewed different kinds of tea, and peppered in LGBTQ-related terms in the video.

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