The advocacy group behind the campaign recently rated major platforms poorly in its “Social Media Safety Index.”
Some 250 US celebrities have signed an open letter demanding that Big Tech platforms crack down on “hate speech and harassment” against LGBTQ people, including criticism of trans surgeries for children, the LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD announced Tuesday.
The letter called on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and Twitter to adopt “specific plans” DELETE “content spreading malicious lies and misinformation about medically necessary health care for transgender youth“, emphasizing that “specific mitigation measures“platform-like”elections and Covid-19 mitigation measures and rules» must be developed and applied.
Accounts that “perpetuating extremist anti-LGBT hatred and misinformation” – the letter specifically cites “the anti-LGBTQ “groomer” conspiracy theory” – must be “more effectively moderated and attenuated“wrote the signatories, including transgender actor Elliot Page and controversial trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney.
They also insisted that the platforms end “dehumanizing and hateful attacks against prominent transgender public figures and influencers“, citing a report claiming that 60% of LGBTQ people “feel hurt» while witnessing harassment against other LGBTQ people.
Online attacks inspired real-life attacks, they claimed, arguing that “trans youth, their families, and care providers are put at risk by your neglect, causing many families to flee their homes..”
Nearly two dozen states have passed laws restricting gender-affirming care for children, as concerns grow about the long-term physical and psychological effects of puberty-blocking hormones, which have yet to be effective. the subject of safety studies regarding their use in children.
A study published last year found that making it easier for minors to receive sex hormones without parental consent could actually increase suicide rates. Trans surgeries for children are highly controversial, with even the World Professional Association for Transgender Health stating that “age of majorityis a prerequisite for surgical transition – although a handful of US clinics practice them.
Several countries – including the UK, Sweden, Finland and France – have limited the use of puberty blockers, or even banned them altogether. The United States, however, has adopted moreearly gender affirmation care“, especially the use of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones, such as”crucial» to the health of children with gender dysphoria.
GLAAD – formerly known as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation – gave failing grades to all major tech platforms in its Social Media Safety Index this year, complaining that they were not enforcing their own rules protecting LGBT users from hate speech.
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