Amid Allegations YouTube Temporarily Demonetises Beauty Influencer James Charles

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James Charles: The YouTube channel of Beauty influencer James Charles has been temporarily demonetised by the platform. Earlier this month, the 21-year old influencer admitted sending sexually explicit messages to two 16-year-old boys.

YouTube has told the BBC that the influencer has been removed from their partnership program temporarily. YouTube allows its users to monetise their content on the platform but has removed Charles from the program. Thus means he will not receive advertising revenue from his content. The platform, however, has not specified for how long the channel would be demonetised.

Charles’ channel has been demonised for violating the platform’s creator responsibility policy which says that if YouTube sees that a creator’s behaviour whether on the platform and/or off-platform has been harming the users, employees, community or the ecosystem of the platform, they may take actions to protect the community.

This is not the first company to re-evaluate its partnership with the influencer. On Friday, a cosmetic company Morphe announced the end of its partnership with Charles.

Charles shared the news with his followers on Instagram that both the parties had “agreed to wind down” their collaboration.

What are the accusations made against James Charles?

Earlier on April 1, Charles uploaded a video on his YouTube channel titled “holding myself accountable” in which he admitted incidences of sending sexually explicit messages to minor boys.

In the video, the influencer said that there were two incidences, one of which happened last year and the other recently in which he was exchanging messages with an underage person and later became aware of it.

The video has been watched more than 8.5 million times in total. Further accusations against Charles have been made which he denied on Friday saying that they were false.

On his Twitter account, Charles said that after he posted the video several other people have come forward with a series of accusations and he declared them to be misleading and false. The allegations have been reported by many people including other creators and news outlets.

He also said that his legal team has begun taking action against the people saying that they had spread misinformation and have created fake stories.

YouTube had demonetised the account of creator David Dobrik last month after a former associate of Dobrik made a rape allegation against him.