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YouTube shuts R Kelly’s official channels

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YouTube is done with R. Kelly and has decided since Tuesday that the YouTube channels of the singer can no longer be viewed. The video streaming service decided to do this because the singer was recently found guilty of human trafficking and sexual abuse.

ACCOUNTS WITH MILLIONS OF SUBSCRIBERS

These are the channels RKellyTV (3.5 million subscribers) and RKellyVevo (1.6 million subscribers). Videos from the two channels can still be found in the search results. However, when clicked, a window will appear that reads, “This account has been terminated for violation of YouTube’s terms of service.”

STILL FINDING SONGS

Songs of the convicted singer can still be found on YouTube. In that case, it concerns videos that have been uploaded by other people. Bloomberg also reports that music by R. Kelly is still offered on YouTube’s music streaming service, called YouTube Music.

MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS OFFLINE

“Ultimately, we are taking these steps to protect our users, similar to other platforms,” YouTube’s Nicole Alston wrote in a memo, according to Bloomberg. She adds that it will be impossible for R. Kelly to ever own or create YouTube channels again. Recently, the singer’s social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were also taken offline.

R Kelly was found guilty of all nine charges against him last month. The jury found him guilty of human trafficking, extortion and leading a decades-long plan to recruit women and underage girls and then sexually exploit them.

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