YouTube deletes official R. Kelly channels

Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) YouTube said Monday that it has deleted the official channels of R&B singer R. Kelly from its video platform. This is intended to mark a distancing between the platform and the singer, due to his conviction for sex trafficking last month.

"We can confirm that we have shut down two channels linked to R. Kelly in accordance with our creator responsibility guidelines," said a YouTube spokesperson.

According to Reuters, the platform has removed the "RKellyTV" and "RKellyVevo channels, and the singer will no longer be able to create or own any other YouTube channels.

The catalog of their music, however, will be available on YouTube Music, YouTube's audio streaming service, and videos uploaded by other YouTube users will still be available.

This seems to be a response to the MuteRKelly campaign, launched in 2017 by two women, to try to "drown out" the singer's songs.

"Waiting for you @youtubemusic and you also @Spotify @AppleMusic @AmazonMusic, etc.," that portal mentions.

However, Spotify, Apple, and Amazon have not yet assumed whether similar measures are underway on their platforms regarding R Kelly's music.

Kelly's music has all but disappeared from radio stations, but is still available on streaming platforms.

R. Kelly was convicted last September of sex trafficking. The singer was accused of using his good name to lure underage women and girls into his sexual "orbit.

Kelly faces a mandatory minimum of ten years in prison and could even get life in prison at his sentencing on May 4, 2022.

The singer, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is one of the most prominent people tried on sex charges during the #MeToo movement, which amplified accusations that have dogged him since the early 2000s.

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