According to reports, YouTube has removed official channels associated with the recently convicted R. Kelly.
“We can confirm that we have terminated two channels linked to R. Kelly in accordance with our creator responsibility guidelines,” said a spokesperson for YouTube. The platform's “creator responsibility guidelines” state that the company may remove a channel “on- and/or off-platform behavior that we may consider to be inappropriate.” The user can also be penalized if found “participating in abuse or violence, demonstrating cruelty, or participating in fraudulent/deceptive behavior leading to real-world harm.”
The two channels to be removed were R. Kelly TV and R. Kelly Vevo, which now display images alerting visitors of the channels' termination. “Egregious actions committed by R. Kelly warrant penalties beyond standard enforcement measures due to a potential to cause widespread harm,” YouTube’s head of legal Nicole Alston told Bloomberg. “Ultimately we are taking this action to protect our users similar to other platforms.”