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Thu Aug 15, 2019, 07:01 PM

YouTube: LGBT video-makers sue claiming discrimination

Source: BBC

YouTube: LGBT video-makers sue claiming discrimination

15 August 2019

A group of YouTube video-makers is suing it and parent company Google, claiming both discriminate against LGBT-themed videos and their creators.

The group claims YouTube restricts advertising on LGBT videos and limits their reach and discoverability.

But YouTube said sexual orientation and gender identity played no role in deciding whether videos could earn ad revenue or appear in search results.

A group is hoping a jury will hear its case in California.

The legal action makes a wide range of claims, including that YouTube:

removes advertising from videos featuring "trigger words" such as "gay" or "lesbian"
often labels LGBT-themed videos as "sensitive" or "mature" and restricts them from appearing in search results or recommendations
does not do enough to filter harassment and hate speech in the comments section

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Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-49343823

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