YouTube closes two R. Kelly channels after singer’s conviction

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YouTube kicks off two channels associated with R&B rapper and singer R. Kelly, after being convicted of sex trafficking.

“We can confirm that we have terminated two channels related to R. Kelly in accordance with our creator liability guidelines,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday.

These guidelines list the prohibitions against “causing malicious harm to another” and “participating in abuse or violence, exercising cruelty or participating in fraudulent / deceptive behavior leading to real-world harm”.

This does not mean Kelly is deleted from YouTube. His music will still be available on YouTube Music and his songs are allowed in YouTube videos.

In September, Kelly was convicted of all counts in a federal sex trafficking trial. YouTube is not the first platform to ban Kelly. In 2018, Kelly’s music fell under Spotify’s Hateful Conduct Policy, who deleted songs or artists, or buried them on the platform. Service later backtrack on politics.

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