Five of the world’s leading social media platforms are “effectively unsafe for LGBTQ users,” according to a new report from GLAAD, an LGBTQ media advocacy group.
In its inaugural Social Media Safety Index, released Monday, GLAAD evaluated the “LGBTQ user safety experience” of Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube.
It also claimed that YouTube frequently removes, filters or demonetizes appropriate LGBTQ content for allegedly violating the platform’s community guidelines.
In response, a TikTok spokesperson said, “We share GLAAD's dedication to the safety of the LGBTQ+ community and will continue working with GLAAD and other LGBTQ+ organizations to help inform and strengthen our work.”The report includes a nine-point “responsibility checklist” for social media platforms.
The recommendations, intended to help them become safer for LGBTQ users, include “greater protection of LGBTQ users in community guidelines”; “improved content moderation”; “LGBTQ hiring, inclusion and leadership”; and “promotion of civil discourse.”"The safety of LGBTQ people on social media platforms is an urgent public safety issue,” Ellis said in the report.
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