YouTube Bans R. Kelly Following Conviction In Sex Trafficking Trial

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.

Singer R Kelly Faces Life In Prison

R. Kelly has been found guilty of sexually abusing women, boys and girls.

The “I Believe I Can Fly” crooner, on Monday was convicted on all nine counts including racketeering and violations of the Mann Act, which prohibits the transport of “any woman or girl” across state lines for “any immoral purpose.”

The 54-year-old singer faces 10 years to life in prison.

The jury of seven men and five women deliberated for about nine hours for the past two days before reaching their unanimous verdict.

“This case is not about a celebrity who likes to party a lot but a predator,” Assistant US Attorney Maria Cruz Melendez had mentioned in her opening statement some time last month.

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