Indonesia: LGBTI media association webinar interrupted by YouTube while live broadcastingEvent
- Initial Date
- Jun 24, 2020
- Event Description
YouTube removed the live webinar �Exploring non-homophobic religions� stating the content breached community guidelines. The International Federation of Journalists and its affiliate the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Indonesia urge YouTube to explain the removal of the live stream.
The Association of Journalists for Diversity (Sejuk) broadcast on June 24 was interrupted after 48 minutes by YouTube after users reported the webinar for breaching community guidelines. YouTube did not specify what section of the community guidelines Sejuk breached.
In response, Sejuk noted there was no reason to stop the live stream and it did not break the law. YouTube restored the vide on June 25 on Sejuk�s channel.
YouTube has a history of discriminating against the LGBTI community with claims from YouTubers saying the platform�s algorithm systematically demonetises LGBTI content. A study by the Sealow research group found YouTube automatically demonetised 33 per cent of videos with LGBTI content in the title. A spokesperson from YouTube rejected claims stating the algorithm discriminated against LGBTI content.
A joint statement signed by Sejuk, AJI, and several other Indonesian human rights organisations said YouTube contravened Indonesia�s constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech and expression, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Other (e.g. undefined, organisation, community)
- Online Attack and Harassment
- Rights Concerned
- Internet freedom
- Media freedom
- Media Worker
- SOGI rights defender
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 24 June 2020, the Association of Journalists for Diversity (Sejuk), had its webinar interrupted during YouTube live broadcasting, after users reported it to breach community guidelines in Jakarta, Indonesia.