【LGBTQ +创作者提起诉讼,指控YouTube歧视他们的内容】

【LGBTQ +创作者提起诉讼,指控YouTube歧视他们的内容】根据华盛顿邮报的报道,一群LGBTQ +视频创作者声称YouTube会限制他们的视频传播,为拥有更广泛受众的up主提供更多曝光的机会。该诉讼称,“YouTube采用了非法的内容监管,分发和变现的做法,这些做法会对LGBT原告和更大的LGBT社区构成侮辱、限制、阻止和经济损害”。正如华盛顿邮报所指出的那样,YouTube的分发一直保密,因此创作者常常想知道为什么他们的内容被限制了。Bria Kam和Chrissy Chambers表示YouTube限制了他们的部分视频,并导致他们的月收入从3,500美元降至500美元左右。其他创作者表示,YouTube未能解决仇恨言论,迫使他们不发表评论,从而限制了他们的潜在收益。


LGBTQ+ creators file lawsuit charging YouTube with discrimination

They claim YouTube suppresses their videos and restricts their ability to monetize.

In a federal lawsuit filed yesterday, a group of LGBTQ+ video creators claims YouTube discriminates against their content. The group alleges that YouTube suppresses their videos, restricts their ability to monetize their channels and enforces its policies unevenly, giving more leeway to producers with large audiences. According to The Washington Post, the suit argues that YouTube deploys "unlawful content regulation, distribution, and monetization practices that stigmatize, restrict, block, demonetize, and financially harm the LGBT Plaintiffs and the greater LGBT Community."

As The Washington Post points out, YouTube's software is kept secret, so creators are often left wondering why their content is suppressed. The plaintiffs believe that YouTube's algorithms and human reviewers single out and remove content with words like "gay," "lesbian" or "bisexual." Bria Kam and Chrissy Chambers claim YouTube restricted some of their videos and caused their monthly revenue to drop from $3,500 to around $500. Other creators say YouTube's failure to address hateful comments forced them to turn comments off, which then limited their potential earnings.

In a statement, YouTube spokesperson Alex Joseph said:

"We're proud that so many LGBTQ creators have chosen YouTube as a place to share their stories and build community. All content on our site is subject to the same policies. 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." In addition, we have strong policies prohibiting hate speech, and we quickly remove content that violates our policies and terminate accounts that do so repeatedly."

Still, YouTube doesn't have the best track record. In 2017, users noticed that its Restrict Mode was consistently blocking videos with LGBTQ+ content. It apologized and fixed the bug that supposedly caused the issue. More recently, the platform was criticized when it declined to pull racist and homophobic videos by the controversial conservative commentator Steven Crowder. Later, some moderators claimed they made exceptions for creators with larger audiences. In response, YouTube said it has two sets of standards for conduct -- one for creators who can benefit from advertising and somewhat looser guidelines for the general YouTube community.

Some of the concerns raised in the lawsuit echo those circulating in Washington. Like some lawmakers, the plaintiffs say YouTube and Google have amassed too much power. "By controlling an estimated 95 percent of the public video communications that occur in the world, Google and YouTube wield unparallelled power and unfettered discretion to apply viewpoint-based content policies in a way that permits them to pick winners and losers," the plaintiffs' attorney Peter Obstler told The Washington Post.


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