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Suit Filed against YouTube for Discrimination

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As per a federal lawsuit filed on Tuesday evening, YouTube has been accused by a group of LGBT video creators for discrimination, by suppressing its content, restricting its ability to sell advertisements and culling its subscribers.

YouTube is by far the world’s largest video streaming site, with nearly 2 billion monthly viewers, the allegations against it state that it enforces its policies unevenly and gives a pass to producers who have larger audiences, though their content is hostile to gay, lesbian or other communities.

The discrimination alleged in the lawsuit is “embedded in the business model” of YouTube, said Peter Obstler, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs and a partner at law firm Browne George Ross, in an interview on Tuesday evening. “By controlling an estimated 95 percent of the public video communications that occur in the world, Google and YouTube wield unparalleled power an unfettered discretion to apply viewpoint-based content policies in a way that permits them to pick winners and losers.

The suit which is filed by 5 LGBT creators, in the federal court in San Jose, states that YouTube deploys “unlawful content regulation, distribution, and monetization practices that stigmatize, restrict, block, demonetize, and financially harm the LGBT Plaintiffs and the greater LGBT Community.

YouTube spokesperson Alex Joseph said, “Our policies have no notion of sexual orientation or gender identity and our systems do not restrict or demonetize videos based on these factors or the inclusion of terms like ‘gay’ or ‘transgender’.” He also said they quickly remove content which includes hate speech and also terminates the account that runs afoul of its policies.

According to the suit, Google “used their monopoly power over content regulation to selectively apply their rules and restrictions in a manner that allowed them to gain an unfair advantage to profit from their content to the detriment of its consumers.

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Some Gmail Users Faced Problems While Using Their Gmail Account; Service Restored Shortly

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Some Gmail users in India were having issues in sending, refreshing, and receiving emails on their Gmail account. Luckily, the company sorted the problem shortly. Though this happened for a short amount of time to several Google users in India, it created frustration among them.

Gmail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users within the next 1 hour. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change,” Google said to the users. However, the thing only happened to the Google enterprise GSuite users. And there is no other information about disruption available on other Google services like Google Drive or YouTube.

Google said earlier on the same day, “We’re investigating reports of an issue with Gmail. We will provide more information shortly. The affected users can access Gmail, but are seeing error messages, high latency, and other unexpected behaviors.

Gmail is the number one email service in the world that most of the world’s population rely upon. And encountering issues like this once in a while send the users to frustrated mode, for sure. However, since Google was able to figure out this issue and sort it shortly after that, it didn’t do much damage to the business or people’s work. And the last similar thing that happened was in June with YouTube, Snapchat, Gmail, Nest, Discord, and some other web services in the US.

Also, they revealed information about the temporary blackout of Gmail services. It could be the issues with Google’s Cloud service that powers other apps rather than Google’s web services.

Did you come across similar issues earlier? How was it like?

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