Social media platform LGBTQ discrimination

Occurred: May 2021

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Top social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube are 'categorically unsafe' for LGBTQ people, according to a study by activist group GLAAD.

The sites, GLAAD warned, allow LGBTQ people to be harassed regularly, and for harmful misinformation and disinformation about LGBTQ people to spread unchecked. 

GLAAD and a team of outside experts spent several months looking at each site, their policies and track record of enforcing those policies. 

Operator: Meta/Facebook; ByteDance/TikTok; Twitter
Developer: Meta/Facebook; ByteDance/TikTok; Twitter
Country: USA
Sector: Media/entertainment/sports/arts
Purpose: Moderate content
Technology: Recommendation algorithm
Issue: Bias/discrimination - LGBTQ; Safety; Mis/disinformation
Transparency: Black box

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Type: Incident
Published: December 2021
Last updated: June 2023