YouTube has deleted two official R. Kelly music channels from the platform after the embattled singer was found guilty on racketeering, sex trafficking and other charges last month, Bloomberg reports.
“We can confirm that we have terminated two channels linked to R. Kelly in accordance with our creator responsibility guidelines,” a spokesperson for YouTube told the outlet.
According to the company’s “creator responsibility guidelines,” YouTube can remove a content creator for “on- and/or off-platform behavior that we may consider to be inappropriate.” The guidelines also say that a YouTube 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 that have been taken offline are R. Kelly TV and R. Kelly Vevo. Both accounts now display messages letting viewers know they’ve been shut down.
“Egregious actions committed by R. Kelly warrant penalties beyond standard enforcement measures due to a potential to cause widespread harm,” YouTube head of legal Nicole Alston told Bloomberg. “Ultimately we are taking this action to protect our users similar to other platforms.”
As reported by REVOLT, Kelly was convicted of nine counts including racketeering, sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery, sex trafficking and violation of the Mann Act last week. The 54-year-old is still facing separate charges in Illinois and Minnesota, and is scheduled to be sentenced for his federal conviction next May.