The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) published a letter this week signed by over 250 celebrities and community leaders urging Big Tech companies to “address” “hate” directed at LGBTQ people online.
GLAAD’s public letter, which was posted on its Instagram account Tuesday, addressed Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, and Twitter, and ordered them to “take actions against the rise of anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ hate and discrimination.”
The letter also accused these major internet platforms of allowing “high-follower anti-LGBTQ hate accounts” to thrive online. Famous entertainers including actor Elliot Page, singer Ariana Grande, actress Jameela Jamil and others added their signatures to the open letter.
“Directing hate toward queer and trans public figures online is a vehicle to promote hate and violence against all LGBTQ people,” it stated. “This translates to real-world harm.”
GLAAD’s post elaborated, saying, “This is leading to real-life harm, like death threats against healthcare providers and violence against trans and LGBTQ people.”
In the past, GLAAD has advocated for social media companies and even the government to crackdown on anti-LGBTQ social media posts.
During an episode of “CBS Mornings” last July, GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis replied to a question on what types of social media crackdowns should be implemented, saying, “We do need government intervention here, and we need the right policies.”