Following the singer’s s€× offense conviction, YouTube has removed R. Kelly’s channels.
YouTube has permanently suspended two channels belonging to R. Kelly, the disgraced R&B singer who was found guilty of s€× offenses last week. In the future, he will be unable to build new channels on the platform.
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However, Kelly’s music has not been removed from YouTube: On YouTube Music, the online video giant will continue to sell the singer’s music repertoire.
According to Variety, YouTube banned the two channels — RKellyTV (3.5 million subscribers) and RKellyVevo (1.6 million subscribers) — on Tuesday, alleging a breach of its terms of service.
Attempts to watch videos on the now-removed channels display a message that says, “This video is no longer available because the YouTube account associated with this video has been terminated.”
“Egregious actions committed by R. Kelly warrant penalties beyond standard enforcement measures due to a potential to cause widespread harm,” YouTube VP of legal Nicole Alston wrote in a memo, as reported by Bloomberg.
“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.
After months of criticism, Kelly’s longtime company, Sony Music’s RCA Records, cut relations with her in January 2019.
However, practically his entire repertoire is still with the label and is available on major music streaming platforms.
Following Kelly’s conviction, 44 percent of audio-streaming service users said platforms like Spotify and Apple Music should remove his music from their archives, 36 percent said his songs should remain, and 20 percent had no opinion or said they didn’t know, according to a Morning Consult survey.