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YouTube CEO Addresses LGBTQ Creators’ Monetisation Concerns

In March, Google dropped in terms of rank from the LGBT equality index

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FILE - Signage is seen inside the YouTube Space LA offices in Los Angeles, California, Oct. 21, 2015. VOA

Addressing the concerns of YouTube’s LGBTQ community members, CEO Susan Wojcicki has denied claims that the video-sharing platform demonetises content from the community members because they fall under queer categories.

Demonetisation and poor recommendation of LGBTQ content are two areas that Wojcicki spoke about in an interview with vlogger Alfie Deyes, The Verge reported on Monday.

Questions about the treatment of LGBTQ creators’ videos on the platform have been around for years.

However, Wojcicki mentioned that YouTube does not “automatically demonetise LGBTQ content”.

“We work incredibly hard to make sure that our machines are fair when they learn something – because a lot of our decisions are made algorithmically. There shouldn’t be (any automatic demonetisation),” the report quoted the YouTube CEO as saying.

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FILE – Silhouettes are seen in front of a Youtube logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica, Oct. 29, 2014. VOA

Both YouTube and its parent company Google have lately been facing flak for not being “supportive” enough towards the LGBTQ community members.

In June 2018, trans creator Chase Ross accused YouTube of age-gating and demonetising his videos because he used the term “transgender” in his titles.

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Earlier this year, Vox host Carlos Maza called out YouTube for allowing conservative pundit Steven Crowder to remain on YouTube after Crowder made repeated homophobic remarks.

In March, Google dropped in terms of rank from the LGBT equality index. (IANS)

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YouTube Originals Released Post September 24 to be Free with Ads

The video-sharing site, in an email to Premium subscribers, said that Premium members will have early access to the shows, along with bonus footage

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FILE - Silhouettes are seen in front of a Youtube logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica, Oct. 29, 2014. VOA

Months after confirming that its Originals programming would soon be free with advertisements, YouTube has finally announced content released after September 24 will be available to non-YouTube Premium subscribers as well.

“The new freemium model for YouTube’s original content begins after September 24, 2019. All YouTube Originals series, movies, and live events moving forward will be free to watch with ads for ‘non-members’.

“However, there will be tiering system where Premium subscribers ‘get immediate access to every episode of a new season’ for binging. Free watchers will have to wait for each new instalment to be released,” 9to5Google recently reported.

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The YouTube Music app is displayed on a mobile phone in Los Angeles. VOA

The video-sharing site, in an email to Premium subscribers, said that Premium members will have early access to the shows, along with bonus footage.

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This is being seen as the Google-owned video sharing platform’s new “Single Slate” strategy and comes at a time when most other media companies such as Netflix and Amazon Prime are putting content behind paywalls. (IANS)