YouTube Apologizes to LGBTQ+ Creators
“We’re sorry and we want to do better.”
YouTube tweeted out a series of tweets to apologize to the members of the LGBTQ+ community, including its content creators on the platform. They concluded Pride Month with their apology.
Their four-part apology is as follows:
It’s the last day of Pride Month and we wanted to reach out to the LGBTQ community. We’re proud of the incredible LGBTQ voices on our platform and the important role you play in the lives of young people. 1/4
We’ve taken action on the ads that violate our policies, and we are tightening our enforcement. And when we hear concerns about how we’re implementing our monetization policy, we take them seriously and make improvements if needed. 3/4
They concluded in their last tweet that “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.”
It was met with many skeptical comments about the impact of demonetizing LGBTQ creators, and that it was addressed later than it should have been. Regardless, the apology is an effort made by YouTube to amend and make things right.