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New LGBTQ Social Media Safety Report

By Charlotte Robinson, July 14, 2022

GLAAD announced the findings of its 2nd annual Social Media Safety Index (SMSI) report on LGBTQ user safety across 5 major social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube & TikTok with all platforms failing, receiving scores under 50 out of 100. Sarah Kate Ellis GLAAD President & CEO stated, “Today’s political & cultural landscapes demonstrate the real-life harmful effects of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric & misinformation online. The hate & harassment, as well as misinformation & flat-out lies about LGBTQ people, that go viral on social media are creating real-world dangers, from legislation that harms our community to the recent threats of violence at Pride gatherings. Social media platforms are active participants in the rise of anti-LGBTQ cultural climate & their only response should be to urgently create safer products and policies & then enforce those policies.” The 2nd annual Social Media Safety Index (SMSI) found that 40% of LGBTQ adults & 49% of transgender & nonbinary people do not feel welcomed & safe on social media. Jenni Olson GLAAD’s Senior Director of Social Media Safety concluded, “All platforms should follow the lead of TikTok & Twitter & should immediately incorporate an explicit prohibition against targeted misgendering & deadnaming of transgender & non-binary people into hateful conduct policies. This recommendation remains an especially high priority in our current landscape where anti-trans rhetoric & attacks are so prevalent, vicious & harmful. We also urge these companies to effectively moderate such content & to enforce these policies.” The Social Media Safety Index (SMSI) was created with support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the Gill Foundation & Logitech. 

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