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Federal Judge Rules Against LGBT YouTuber Content Creators In 'Censorship' Lawsuit

Federal Judge Rules Against LGBT YouTuber Content Creators In ‘Censorship’ Lawsuit

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender YouTube content creators who said the company violated their First Amendment rights by “censoring” their clips.

In a decision issued Wednesday, U.S. District Court Magistrate Virginia DeMarchi in San Jose ruled that Google and YouTube are “private entities,” as opposed to government officials, and therefore are not bound by the First Amendment’s prohibition against restricting speech. “Plaintiffs do not state a claim … for violation of the First Amendment because defendants are not state actors,” – Judge Virginia DeMarchi

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The lawsuit brought by the  Divino Group — which distributes GNews! via YouTube — and other LGBT content creators. claimed that YouTube “censored” them by preventing ads from running in some of their videos, placing age restrictions on clips, and tagging other clips with a “restricted mode” aka “mature” audiences designation.

Judge DeMarchi dismissed the claim that Google violated the users’ free speech rights with prejudice — meaning that Divino and the others can’t redraft their complaint and bring that claim again citing a ruling that a federal appellate court sided with Google last year, in a similar lawsuit brought by the anti-LGBT Prager University.

YouTube Refuses To Removes Steven Crowder's Anti-Gay Harassment Videos Against Journalist Because It's Just "Debating"

YouTube Refuses To Removes Steven Crowder’s Anti-Gay Harassment Videos Against Journalist Because It’s Just “Debating”

On Monday we reported about extremist right-wing journalist/comedian  Steven Crowder‘s anti-gay abuse of Vox journalist Carlos Maza.

Crowder repeatedly posted videos harassing Maza with derogatory, anti-gay, and racist statements, which Maza says resulted in hordes of Crowder’s fans doxxing him.

For example  in Crowder’s videos has called Maza a “lispy queer,” a “token Vox gay atheist sprite,” and a “gay Mexican.” Other attacks included an offensive pantomime of Maza’s voice in which Crowder pretended to eat chips and exclaimed “just can’t eat one, like dicks.

For over a year Maza had reported the offensive videos to YouTube who did nothing.  Then Maza took to Twitter to complain and the YouTube finally noticed and promised to look into the offensive videos.

YouTube’s hate speech policy page specifically bars “content promoting violence or hatred against individuals or groups” based on a number of attributes including ethnicity, race, and sexual orientation.

YouTube specifically writes creators cannot:

Use racial, ethnic, religious, or other slurs where the primary purpose is to promote hatred.

Use stereotypes that incite or promote hatred based on any of the attributes noted above. This can take the form of speech, text, or imagery promoting these stereotypes or treating them as factual.”

On Tuesday YouTube responded saying it would not take any action on the videos involved. After claiming YouTube takes “allegations of harassment very seriously” and that they had spent days “conducting an in-depth review of the videos flagged to us,” the Team YouTube Twitter wrote that while Crowder’s language was “clearly hurtful,” “the videos as posted don’t violate our policies” and will “remain on our site.”

The website Gizmodo asked YouTube and its parent company, Google, via email why the specific language used by Crowder and highlighted in Maza’s videos did not constitute a violation

YouTube responded:


We have strict policies that prohibit harassment on YouTube.
 
In the first quarter of 2019 we removed 47,443 videos and 10,623 accounts for violation of our policies on cyberbullying and harassment.
 
We take into consideration whether criticism is focused primarily on debating the opinions expressed or is solely malicious. We apply these policies consistently, regardless of how many views a video has.
In videos flagged to YouTube, Crowder has not instructed his viewers to harass Maza on YouTube or any other platform and the main point of these videos was not to harass or threaten, but rather to respond to the opinion.

There is certain behavior that is never ok: that includes encouraging viewers to harass others online and offline, or revealing nonpublic personal information (doxxing).

None of Maza’s personal information was ever revealed in content uploaded by Crowder and flagged to our teams for review.

A bizarre and tonedeaf response from YouTube since Maza flagged the posts about Crowder’s language being in violation of its hate speech policy which Crowder’s videos clearly are.

YouTube Investigating Right-Wing Pundit Steven Crowder for Harassing Gay Journalist

YouTube Investigating Right-Wing Pundit Steven Crowder for Harassing Gay Journalist

YouTube is finally investigating right-wing commentator Steven Crowder the host of Louder with Crowder, after a series of videos containing homophobic and racist comments towards a gay journalist.

Carlos Maza brought the harassment to light on a Twitter this week Maza hosts Strikethrough for Vox, a show about media, politics and technology.

Crowder has made ‘rebuttal’ videos over Maza’s Vox segments that have caused a flood of homophobic and racist abuse on Instagram and Twitter. Crowder’s fans have doxxed him multiple times, leaving his phone unusable with the amount of abuse.

This is a direct violation of YouTube’s community guidelines. Content ‘deliberately posted in order to humiliate someone, make hurtful and negative personal comments/videos about another person, or incite others to harass or threaten individuals on or off YouTube’ is banned.

Crowder is well know for making anti-gay videos and also currently sells and advertises t-shirt that say ‘Socialism is for f*gs’ on his YouTube channel. While he with a “straight” face claims the word stands for ‘figs’, it features an image of Che Guevara with a limp wrist – an offensive gay stereotype.

Back2Stonewall was unable to contact Crowder via Twitter for comment.

The right-wing coward has blocked us from his page.

Hillary Clinton Blames “Fake LGBTs” On Facebook For Her Election Loss

 

We know Russian agents used Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and even Pinterest to place targeted attack ads and negative stories intended not to hurt just me but to fan the flames of division in our society.

Russians posed as Americans pretending to be LGBT and gun rights activists, even Muslims, saying things they knew would cause distress.

The Russians are still playing on anything and everything they can to turn Americans against each other.

In addition to hacking our elections, they are hacking our discourse and our unity. We are in the middle of a global struggle between liberal democracy and a rising tide of illiberalism and authoritarianism.

This is a kind of new cold war and it is just getting started.”— Hillary Clinton to the Cheltenham Literary Festival, addressing recent reports that Russians created fake LGBT Facebook pages.

 

 

Gay and Anti-Semitic Groups To Sue Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube For Allowing Hate Speech

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Three French civil rights organizations The Jewish Students’ Union (UEJF), the anti-racist SOS Racism campaign and SOS Homophobie, have said they plan to take legal action against Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube for failing to monitor and remove messages of hate on their social media websites.

The  organizations accuse the three social media giants of taking more action against nudity than they do about hate messages posted to their platforms.

“These platforms seem more shocked by bits of naked breasts, which are promptly censored, than by incitements to hatred towards people or groups of people,” said SOS Racisme president Dominique Sopo.

In an independent study published  586 items which were “racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic or condoned terrorism or crimes against humanity” posted between March 31 to May 10th.  Of the nearly 600 hate messages, “only four percent were taken down from Twitter, seven percent from YouTube and 34 percent from Facebook”.

While Facebook ranked the best of the three, taking down 53 our of 156 messages, the three organization’s said in reality it “manifests a rigorous application of its rules on pornography”, but does not do the same for hate speech.

Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook, and 100 Other Tech Companies Call For Full Federal LGBT Rights and Equality – Full List

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Fed up with the the ongoing RFRA battles a coalition of over 100 major tech industry corporations including: Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Linkedin, Yahoo, Netflix, Intuit, Uber, Salesforce, Cisco Systems, and PayPal has issued a joint statement calling for full federal LGBT anti-discrimination protections.

Joint Statement from Tech Industry Leaders

The values of diversity, fairness and equality are central to our industry. These values fuel creativity and inspiration, and those in turn make the U.S. technology sector the most admired in the world today.

We believe it is critically important to speak out about proposed bills and existing laws that would put the rights of minorities at risk. The transparent and open economy of the future depends on it, and the values of this great nation are at stake.

Religious freedom, inclusion, and diversity can co-exist and everyone including LGBT people and people of faith should be protected under their states’ civil rights laws. No person should have to fear losing their job or be denied service or housing because of who they are or whom they love.

However, right now those values are being called into question in states across the country. In more than twenty states, legislatures are considering legislation that could empower individuals or businesses to discriminate against LGBT people by denying them service if it they felt it violated their religious beliefs.

To ensure no one faces discrimination and ensure everyone preserves their right to live out their faith, we call on all legislatures to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes to their civil rights laws and to explicitly forbid discrimination or denial of services to anyone.

Anything less will only serve to place barriers between people, create hurdles to creativity and inclusion, and smother the kind of open and transparent society that is necessary to create the jobs of the future. Discrimination is bad for business and that’s why we’ve taken the time to join this joint statement.

Sincerely,

Marc Benioff, CEO, Salesforce
Max Levchin, CEO, Affirm
Mark Pincus, Chairman, Zynga
Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO, Yelp
Jack Dorsey, CEO, Square
Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter
Logan Green, CEO, Lyft
Brian Chesky, CEO, Airbnb
Joe Gebbia, CPO, Airbnb
Nathan Blecharczyk, CTO, Airbnb
Ron Conway, Founder, SV Angel
John Donahoe, CEO, Ebay
Paul Graham, CoFounder, YCombinator
Rich Barton, Chairman, Zillow Group
Chad Hurley, CEO, Mixbit
Adora Cheung, CEO, Homejoy
Phil Libin, CEO, Evernote
Trevor Traina, CEO, IfOnly
Nirav Tolia, CEO, Nextdoor
Dion Lim, CEO, NextLesson
Bret Taylor, CEO, Quip
Joe Lonsdale, Managing Partner, Formation 8
Thomas Layton, Chairman, Elance-odesk
Fabio Rosati, CEO, Elance-odesk
Dave Morin, CEO, Path
Mark Goldstein, Chairman, BackOps
Kevin Rose, CEO, North Technologies
Yves Behar, CCO, Jawbone
Padmasree Warrior, CTSO, Cisco Systems
Tony Conrad, CEO, about.me
Sunil Paul, CEO, Sidecar
Michael Moritz, Chairman, Sequoia Capital
Dan Schulman, President, PayPal
Devin Wenig, President, eBay Marketplaces
Robert Hohman, CEO, Glassdoor
Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder and Chair, Emerson Collective
Mohan Warrior, CEO, Alphalight
David Spector, CEO, ThirdLove
Shervin Pishevar, CoFounder, Sherpa Ventures
David Karp, CEO, Tumblr
Reid Hoffman, Chairman, Linkedin
Kevin Ryan, Chairman, Gilt
Michael Birch, CoFounder, Bebo
Hosain Rahman, CEO, Jawbone
John Zimmer, President, Lyft
Bill Ready, CEO, Braintree
Jon Oringer, CEO, Shutterstock Images
Drew Houston, CEO, Dropbox
Bijan Sabet,  General Partner, Spark Capital
Douglas Merrill, CEO, ZestFinance
Tom Sheahan, CEO, RedOxygen
Brian Samelson, CEO, eMaint.com
Daniel Lurie, CEO, Tipping Point Community
Aaron Levie, CEO, Box
Jeff Weiner, CEO, Linkedin
Gary Moore, President & COO, Cisco
Travis Katz, CEO, Gogobot
Joe Davis, CEO, Webtrends
Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft
Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft
Josh Kopelman, Partner, First Round Capital
Rob Glaser, CEO, Realnetworks
Jason Goldberg, CEO, hem
Evan Reece, CEO, Liftopia
Dave Gilboa, CoFounder, Warby Parker
Neil Blumenthal, CoFounder, Warby Parker
Sean Parker, Chairman, Airtime
Reed Hastings, CEO, Netflix     
Charles Phillips, CEO, Infor
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, CEO, Joyus.com
Michael Brown, President & CEO, Symantec
Sarah Leary, CoFounder, Nextdoor
Katie Stanton, VP, Twitter
Karen Appleton, Founder, Box.org
Brit Morin, CEO, Brit + Co
Susan Wojcicki, CEO, Youtube
Melody McCloskey, Founder, StyleSeat
Brandee Barker, Co-Founder & Partner, The Pramana Collective
Greg Tseng, CEO, if(we)
David Tisch, Chairman, Boxgroup
Kristen Koh Goldstein, CEO, BackOps
Jessica Herrin, CEO, Stella & Dot
Brian O’Kelley, CEO, AppNexus
Jeff Lawson, CEO, Twilio
Steven R. Boal, CEO, Coupons.com
Gary Shapiro, CEO, Consumer Electronics Association
Kim Jabal, CFO, Path
Ryan Holmes, CEO, Hootsuite
Alison Pincus. Co-Founder, One Kings Lane
Jeremy Liew, Managing Director, Lightspeed Venture Partners
Larry Page, President, Google
Eric Schmidt, Chairman, Google
Travis Kalanick, CEO, Uber Technologies
Brad Smith, CEO, Intuit
Mike Huang, CEO, Glow
Aileen Lee, Founder, Cowboy Ventures
Kristen Koh Goldstein, CEO, Scalus
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook
Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
Chris Nicholas, President, Asymmetrica Labs
Ken Brownfield, CTO, Asymmetrica Labs
Stacy Brown-Philpot, COO, TaskRabbit
Nick Woodman, CEO of GoPro
Tony Bates, President of GoPro
Jack Lazar, CFO of GoPro
Tracy DiNunzio, CEO, Tradesy
John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco
Lorna Borenstein, CEO, Grokker.com
Michelle Peluso, CEO, Gilt
Ben Silbermann, CEO Pinterest
Lloyd Carney, CEO, Brocade
Irakly George Arison, CEO, Shift Technologies Inc.
Evan Goldberg, CTO,  Netsuite
Zach Nelson, CEO, Netsuite
David Hassell, CEO, 15Five
Brian McAndrews, CEO, Pandora Media
Jared Fliesler, General Partner, Matrix Partners
Joshua Kushner, Founder, Thrive Capital
Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo!
Bracken P. Darrell, CEO, Logitech

Are You Gay? – Nickelodeon Star Lucas Cruikshank (Fred) Comes Out!

Fred is gay

Lucas Cruikshank, the 19-year-old actor who played the title character in Nickelodeon’s Fred: The Movie franchise, has come out as gay in a video he and pal Jennifer Veal (who starred in the Disney Channel sitcom Jessie) on Youtube.

In  the video while reading questions sent into the two via social media Jennifer asks for a drumroll for the biggie. “Are you gay?” she asks, reading a question and then not being able to wait and answes it herself. “He’s gay!” Lucas laughs, throws up his hands and proudly confirms, “I’m gay!”

Fearless an adorable.

Queen Latifah could learn a lot from this young man.

PRIDE Media Owner Donates to Anti-LGBT Republicans AGAIN

YouTuber @TjSotomayor’s Anti-Gay Rant: “Gay People Stop Comparing Your Sexuality To My Race!”

shame on you

Misinformed, misogynistic, homophobic, and unfortunately very popular.  Tommy (TJ) Sotomayor spreads his warped sense of perspective on the “ownership” of civil rights, how homosexuality is a choice, and how gays cannot be truly oppressed because we can “hide” our sexuality while he cannot hide being black.

Whats even worse are the comments listed below his video.

Mr. Sotomayor and his followers need to learn that the color of civil rights in America is NOT black.  Civil rights are blind to color, blind to race, and blind to sexual orientation. And no one “owns” the movement. The fight for the civil rights of gay people is as much a fight as the fight for the civil rights of black people. This isn’t a contest to see who’s been the biggest victim. This is a struggle for equality before the law so that the law doesn’t see black or white, gay or straight, or  man or woman but sees only citizens of the American and works to treat everyone equally.

Who needs NOM when you have @TjSotomayor?