YouTube Removes Official R. Kelly Channels Following Conviction in Sex Trafficking Trial

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YouTube has determined to tug two of R. Kelly’s official channels from the video platform after he was found responsible in his weeks-long intercourse trafficking trial in Brooklyn, Bloomberg reviews. 

“We can confirm that we have terminated two channels linked to R. Kelly in accordance with our creator responsibility guidelines,” a spokesperson for YouTube said. YouTube’s “creator responsibility guidelines” state that the corporate may take away a consumer for “on- and/or off-platform behavior that we may consider to be inappropriate.” The pointers proceed by saying {that a} consumer will 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 query are R. Kelly TV and R. Kelly Vevo, each of which now show messages letting customers know that the accounts have been terminated. 

“Egregious actions committed by R. Kelly warrant penalties beyond standard enforcement measures due to a potential to cause widespread harm,” Nicole Alston, YouTube’s head of authorized, said, per Bloomberg. “Ultimately we are taking this action to protect our users similar to other platforms.”

Alston added that Kelly is barred from ever utilizing YouTube once more. Despite the ban, Kelly’s music will still be allowed on YouTube Music. As of this writing, Kelly’s music stays obtainable on main music streamers like Spotify and Apple Music.

In 2018, Spotify introduced they were eradicating Kelly’s songs, as well as music from XXXTentacion and Tay-Okay, from playlists curated by the platform, citing their hate content material and hateful conduct coverage. Spotify later backtracked after being criticized for the choice.

“While we believe our intentions were good, the language was too vague, we created confusion and concern, and didn’t spend enough time getting input from our own team and key partners before sharing new guidelines,” the Swedish firm said in a statement. “We don’t aim to play judge and jury. We aim to connect artists and fans – and Spotify playlists are a big part of how we do that.”

Kelly was found responsible of 9 racketeering and intercourse trafficking counts last week on Monday, September 27. Around 50 witnesses were called to testify during the trial. The disgraced singer faces a minimal of 10 years in prison and up to life. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on May 4, 2022.

The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer is still going through different fees in Illinois and Minnesota.

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