Discrimination Against LGBT Community May Force a Gay YouTuber to Leave YT
If you noticed that you were missing a ton of your favorite YouTube stars’ uploads in March, it was probably because of a problem with restricted mode. Basically, a TON of creators’ videos were getting flagged for being inappropriate, even though they were no where near offensive. The LGBTQ+ community was especially affected by this malfunction, and while Johanna Wright, YouTube’s Vice President of Product Management, said in a statement, “The bottom line is that this feature isn’t working the way it should. We’re sorry and we’re going to fix it,” many of these video-makers noticed that there are still problems with the feature.
Stephanie Frosch, better known as ElloSteph on YT, is known for making personal vids about living life as a gay woman and has THOUSANDS of subscribers who look to her for advice, guidance, etc. Unfortunately, the effed-up system may cause the 24-year-old to step away from uploading in order to find another job to earn enough money to live.
“A lot of LGBTQ+ content creators, myself included, have been financially struggling due to these new restrictions that have been implemented,” Steph explained in a video titled “LEAVING YOUTUBE (Not Clickbait).”
While the girl knows she doesn’t HAVE to stop making videos because she hasn’t been getting paid as much for her content, she does have to “make a living and be able to make sure you can provide for yourself — have a roof over your head and food to eat.”
The brunette says in order to be financially stable, she might have to go find another job and therefore wouldn’t have time to film, edit and post videos. Steph also created a Patreon account where fans can donate money to help her until things get figured out.
She concluded, “I need help; we need help. LGBTQ+ content is being targeted. I don’t know why this is happening. I don’t think this is fair.”
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