The State of LGBTQ+ Safety on Social Media, and Why These 5 Platforms Are Failing

In a recent survey by the Anti-Defamation League regarding LGBTQ+ safety on social media, 66% of LGBTQ+ respondents experienced hate-based online harassment.

The study on LGBTQ+ safety on social media highlights that social media platforms still aren’t doing enough to truly keep its LGBTQ+ users safe.

Algorithms also tend to be harmful and polarizing — a fact that is compounded by a lack of transparency and accountability across these platforms.

Instagram does not disclose what users can do about how the company collects and infers information regarding their SOGIE.


Score: 48 out of 100

Facebook is not very transparent on how it enforces its policies to protect LGBTQ+ individuals. Its disclosure on what it does to violent content is limited. 


Score: 46 out of 100

The platform does not disclose information on the training of its content moderators.


Score: 45 out of 100

The company is not very transparent with how it removes, filters, and demonetizes content with LGBTQ+ themes and creators.


Score: 45 out of 100

TikTok does not disclose how users can control their own data, with no information on how the company collects information related to one’s SOGIE.


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