Lifestream, Pocket, LGBT community anger over Youtube restrictions which make their videos invisible


YouTube has responded to accusations of discrimination from high-profile members of its LGBT community, who have reported their videos being hidden by the platform.

via Pocket

Another reminder that algorithms are driven by human decisions about how to categorise content, similar to the 2009 removal of all books with gay and lesbian themes from Amazon’s ranking lists. In this case, the biases of those managing the algorithms seem to be being used to reinforce existing prejudice, or as Ellis puts it, to reinforce the sexualisation of gay and trans people and the rhetoric of sexual perversion that they are subjected to. One has to ask, in whose interests?