SF Pride Moves To Ban Google And YouTube From Parade

Matt Bigler
January 17, 2020 - 10:41 am
 People dance in the annual LGBTQI Pride Parade on June 25, 2017 in San Francisco.

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Members of San Francisco Pride voted to forbid Google and YouTube from joining the parade this year, after complaints that the tech companies fail to remove videos that have been flagged as homophobic. 

The ban is not final, however, as the board of the pride parade still has to formally approve it. A vote is likely sometime next month. 

A spokesperson for Google said that YouTube has since changed its policy to take a tougher approach to harassment and hate speech on the video-sharing site. 

“Hate speech is not allowed on YouTube," the company's community guidelines say. "We remove content promoting violence or hatred against individuals or groups based on any of the following attributes: age, caste, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, nationality, race, immigration status, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, victims of a major violent event and their kin, veteran status.”

Last year, Google employees petitioned SF Pride to revoke the company’s sponsorship of the 2019 event that stretches along Market Street. 

They voiced their concerns in a Medium post that garnered 145 signatures, and cited company treatment of LGBTQ individuals, as well as hate speech on YouTube. 

The public seems to have mixed feelings on the issue, with one man stating that the decision sounds well informed, and another stating that he thinks it’s hypocritical to exclude people from the parade because that’s what society did to homosexuals. 

The 2020 SFPride parade will be Sunday, June 28.