Photo by Olly Curtis. Topline : A group of LGBTQ YouTubers have alleged in a federal lawsuit that YouTube and its parent company Google discriminate against LGBTQ creators by unfairly restricting their ability to make money from advertising and purposefully making it more difficult for their videos to reach a wider audience. Five sets of YouTubers—GNews! Allowing homophobic reaction videos intended to mock and bully specific YouTubers to stay online and make money, while demonetizing videos uploaded by those who have been harassed.
In a subsection, YouTube specifically writes creators cannot:. Use stereotypes that incite or promote hatred based on any of the attributes noted above. This can take the form of speech, text, or imagery promoting these stereotypes or treating them as factual. YouTube writes on that page that content in violation of these rules will be removed and can result in a creator having strikes applied to their account. Turns out YouTube agrees! The platform responded on Tuesday by saying it would not take any action on the videos involved.
They are sitting in their workout gear, on the familiar grey couch where they record the YouTube videos that have turned them into stars. But there are no signature dazzling smiles today. It happened so quickly that there was no way the decision could have been made by a person: there was no time for anyone to have watched the video. So why did it happen?
Five LGBTQ channels have joined together for the suit, which alleges that YouTube has discriminated against them by hiding their videos, removing subscribers, and denying advertising. They say the platform unfairly targets any video tagged with words like "gay," "transgender," or "bisexual," even when the videos have no mature content. The creators say YouTube's censorship — which violates the platform's own policies — has negatively impacted their viewership and their income. The plaintiffs are seeking class-action status for the suit. For the couple, issues came up in when they had their ads for a holiday show denied over and over.