YouTube shuts down two R. Kelly channels following singer's conviction

After being found guilty of sex trafficking, Kelly is off YouTube.

Erin Carson Former Senior Writer
Erin Carson covered internet culture, online dating and the weird ways tech and science are changing your life.
Expertise Erin has been a tech reporter for almost 10 years. Her reporting has taken her from the Johnson Space Center to San Diego Comic-Con's famous Hall H. Credentials
  • She has a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University.
Erin Carson
Angela Lang/CNET

YouTube is giving the boot to two channels associated with rapper and R&B singer R. Kelly, after he was found guilty of sex trafficking.

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

Those guidelines list prohibitions against "causing malicious harm to others" and "participating in abuse or violence, demonstrating cruelty, or participating in fraudulent/deceptive behavior leading to real-world harm."

This doesn't mean Kelly is being scrubbed from YouTube. His music will still be available on YouTube Music, and his tunes are allowed in YouTube videos.

In September, Kelly was convicted on all counts during a federal sex trafficking trial. YouTube isn't the first platform to ban Kelly. In 2018, Kelly's music fell under Spotify's hateful-conduct policy, which removed songs or artists, or buried them on the platform. The service later backtracked on the policy.