YouTube Apologizes to LGBTQ Creators
YouTube apologized on Twitter for the ways they’ve ‘let the LGBTQ community down’.
The company made their statements on Saturday (30 June), the last day of Pride.
‘It’s the last day of Pride Month and we wanted to reach out to the LGBTQ community,’ they wrote on the social media platform.
‘We’re proud of the incredible LGBTQ voices on our platform and the important role you play in the lives of young people.’
Then they continued by acknowledging their missteps.
They specifically cited ‘inappropriate ads’ as well as their monetization policy.
‘We’re sorry and we want to do better,’ they wrote before continuing.
They finished with one final tweet: ‘It’s critical to us that the LGBTQ community feels safe, welcome, equal, and supported on YouTube. Your work is incredibly powerful and we are committed to working with you to get this right.’
This is not the first time YouTube’s policies and actions have directly affected LGBTQ creators, nor the first time they’ve apologized.
Last year, a ‘family-friendly’ filter blocked LGBTQ content. They then apologized for that.
A month later, they announced the filter would no longer affect such content.
Lately, however, creators have criticized the platform for anti-LGBTQ ads. They also complained of their ads being demontized and stripped of ads, reportedly due to words like ‘transgender’ in titles.
The tweets don’t outline any specific actions and people are wary of the apology.