British comedian Russell Brand (archive from Reuters)
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Published on: September 19, 2023: 09:12 PM GST Last updated: September 19, 2023: 09:37 PM GST
After the British comedian was accused of a series of sexual assaults, YouTube announced on Tuesday that it had been banned Russell Brand Who makes money from his channel on the site.
YouTube, which is owned by Alphabet, the parent company of Google, said it had stopped monetizing Brand’s channel after he violated the liability policy for content creators, according to Reuters.
A YouTube spokesperson also added that “if a creator’s off-platform behavior harms our users, employees, or ecosystem, we take action to protect the community.”
This came after the Sunday Times and the Channel 4 documentary program “Dispatches” reported on Saturday that four women had accused the 48-year-old of sexual assaults, including a case of rape, over a period of seven years during which he was at the height of his fame, between 2006 and 2013.
London police said on Monday that they had received a sexual assault accusation dating back to 2003.
In return issued the brandwho was one of Britain’s most prominent comedians and broadcasters, posted a video message on social media Saturday in which he denied the “very serious criminal allegations.”
He said: “These allegations relate to the time when I was practicing public work, when I appeared in newspapers all the time, as well as in films,” adding: “My relationships were always consensual.”
A wave of shock
The accusations sparked a wave of shock in the British media and have dominated coverage since their appearance.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) announced on Tuesday that it had removed some programs in which Brand appears from the “iPlayer” and “Sounds” platforms after determining that some previous television and radio content “now falls short of audience expectations.”
In turn, the head of Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sports Committee, Caroline Dinenage, revealed that she had written to the BBC, Channel 4, GB News, as well as the technology company TikTok regarding these accusations.
Dinenage asked TikTok whether Brand was still able to monetize his posts. It also requested reports from the BBC and Channel 4 on their investigations into the matter.
6 million followers
It is noteworthy that Brand, the former husband of American singer Katy Perry, was able to build a follower base that includes 6 million followers on his YouTube channel.
Recent videos have included an interview with former Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson and discussions on everything from the coronavirus to UFOs, censorship and welfare.
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