YouTube officially removes R. Kelly channels after the singer’s sex offense conviction.
YouTube has permanently suspended two channels of disgraced R&B singer, R. Kelly, who was found guilty of sex offenses last week. The platform will not allow him to create any new channels in the future.
A spokesperson for YouTube said: We can confirm that we have terminated two channels linked to R. Kelly in accordance with our creator responsibility guidelines.
YouTube’s creator responsibility guidelines state that the company might remove a user for on- and/or off-platform behavior that we may consider to be inappropriate.
The guidelines continue by saying that a user can be penalized for participating in abuse or violence, demonstrating cruelty, or participating in fraudulent/deceptive behavior leading to real-world harm.
The two channels in question are R. Kelly TV and R. Kelly Vevo, both of which now display messages letting users know that the accounts have been terminated.
Nicole Alston, YouTube’s head of legal, said, per Bloomberg: Egregious actions committed by R. Kelly warrant penalties beyond standard enforcement measures due to a potential to cause widespread harm. Ultimately we are taking this action to protect our users similar to other platforms.
Kelly’s official accounts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook also have recently been disabled.