A group of five LGBT video makers have sued YouTube. They think the video service is discriminatory against their content, writes The Wall Street Journal .
The prosecutors say that YouTube's policy makes lhbt videos less visible to users, which means video makers earn less. According to the group, YouTube algorithms and human employees would remove short films featuring words such as 'gay', 'lesbian' and 'bisexual'.
The indictment states that YouTube has virtually a monopoly on online videos. The group writes that parent company Google "uses its power to regulate content and impose restrictions". This would mainly concern LGBT videos.
Some of the prosecutors write that their monthly income dropped from $ 3,500 to $ 500 when YouTube imposed restrictions on some of their videos. The video company has not yet responded to the charge.
More and more discrimination on YouTube
YouTube came in the news more often this year because of allowing and excluding certain content. The company said in June to take more measures against, for example, discriminatory films.
The YouTuber Steven Crowder, who made homophobic and discriminatory comments in his videos, was not removed from the service. YouTube director Susan Wojcicki apologized "for the pain this caused within the LGBT community", but says that the right choice was made because the YouTube policy was maintained.
The channel of 14-year-old YouTube Soph was removed at the beginning of August, after she called for violence against lbht-ers. Soph posted videos with extreme right-wing content, but was eventually banned for violating the rules of conduct, with three warnings within ninety days.