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GLAAD finds top social media sites ‘categorically unsafe’ for LGBTQ people

Several social media sites — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube — are all “categorically unsafe” for LGBTQ people, according to a new study from GLAAD, the results of which were revealed Sunday on “Axios on HBO.”

GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) were formed in 1985 and aim to promote acceptance of LGBTQ+. GLAAD had planned to give each of the sites a grade as part of its inaugural social media index, but opted not to give individual grades this year after determining all the leading sites would receive a failing grade. “There are real-world consequences to what happens online,” Ellis said, linking the current wave of anti-trans bills around the country to harassment they face on social media. “I think that there are direct lines to, unfortunately, suicides of our community.”

“We’re looking for real, concrete changes in the next year,” she said. “What shocked me the most about all of this is at the end of the day, these companies have the tools to stop it immediately.” Ellis noted that there are “absolutely bright spots,” with LGBTQ people finding support online. “However, the challenge right now is that the negative is outweighing the positive.” In statements to Axios, each social-network company said they welcome GLAAD’s feedback and are committed to improving. “This is why we partner with experts, nonprofits and other stakeholders — like GLAAD — to try to get it right,” Facebook Chief Marketing Officer Alex Schultz told Axios in a statement.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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