One of YouTube’s most popular makeup vloggers James Charles has had his videos demonetized following underage sexting and grooming allegations.
Charles has more than 25.5 million subscribers on YouTube but he has been accused by more than 15 men and boys of sexual misconduct. Some say they also sexted the star.
In a statement to the Guardian, Youtube said: “We can confirm that we have applied our Creator Responsibility Policy and temporarily removed James Charles from the YouTube partner program.” The policy states: “If we see that a creator’s on and/or off-platform behaviour harms our users, community, employees or ecosystem we may take action to protect the community.”
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Earlier this month, Charles shared a video entitled “holding myself accountable” to his followers on YouTube where he confessed to two incidents – one last year and this year where, he said, he was made aware that the person he was exchanging messages with was underage.