LGBTQ: Creators File Lawsuit against YouTube Alleging Discriminatory Treatment

Several LGBTQ creators have sued YouTube and parent company Google, alleging that the video platform was regularly restricting their abilities to make money with their videos based on their sexual orientation.

The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in California Tuesday, was first reported by the Washington Post Wednesday.

“YouTube is engaged in discriminatory, anticompetitive, and unlawful conduct that harms a protected class of persons under California law,” the lawsuit alleges. A YouTube spokesperson responded to the lawsuit with the following statement:

“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

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