YouTube removes two R. Kelly channels from the platform
YouTube removed two official R. Kelly music channels from the platform after the beleaguered singer was convicted of racketeering, sex trafficking and other charges last month, Bloomberg reports.
“We can confirm that we have terminated two channels related to R. Kelly in accordance with our Creator Liability guidelines,” a YouTube spokesperson said at the point of sale.
Under the company’s “Creator Responsibility Guidelines”, YouTube may remove a content creator for “on and / or off-platform behavior that we may consider inappropriate”. The guidelines also state that a YouTube user can be penalized for “participating in abuse or violence, demonstrating cruelty, or participating in fraudulent / deceptive behavior resulting in real-world damage.”
The two channels that have been taken offline are R. Kelly TV and R. Kelly Vevo. Both accounts now display messages informing viewers that they have been closed.
“The blatant actions of R. Kelly warrant sanctions beyond standard enforcement measures because of the potential to cause widespread harm,” YouTube Legal Officer Nicole Alston told Bloomberg. “Ultimately, we take this step to protect our users in the same way we do on other platforms.”
Kelly is also banned from using YouTube again, Alston added. However, the singer’s music still appears on YouTube Music and other streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.
As reported by REVOLT, Kelly was convicted of nine counts, including racketeering, sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery, sex trafficking and breaking the Mann Law Week last. The 54-year-old still faces separate charges in Illinois and Minnesota, and is expected to be sentenced for his federal conviction next May.