YouTube Blocks Russel Brand's Income Over Anonymous Accusations of Sexual Misconduct
YouTube says you’re not allowed to earn a living if you’re *anonymously* *accused*.
A YouTube spokesperson told the BBC, "If a creator's off-platform behavior harms our users, employees or ecosystem, we take action." The YouTube spokesperson was repeating a direct quote from YouTube’s Creator Responsibility Policy.
How does alleged behavior (no charge, no trial) between individuals decades ago “harm” YouTube users?
REALITY CHECK: It doesn’t.
On the contrary, YouTube’s policy of canceling people’s livelihoods will undoubtedly harm innocent people. Finding people guilty until proven innocent always has.
And even if someone were proven guilty of misconduct, should they be banned from earning money indefinitely—decades after the alleged misconduct?
Brand has been accused of sexual misconduct—but over 10 years after the alleged incidents, still hasn’t been charged with a crime—much less convicted.
YouTube’s supposed effort at harm reduction is highly suspect, considering YouTube artificially promotes “authoritative” channels that have caused real-world harm on a massive scale.
For example, it is YouTube's policy to artificially boost “authoritative” corporate news channels known to have promoted disinformation campaigns, including the “WMD” narrative that led to the Iraq War, resulting in an estimated one million deaths, trillions of dollars in debt, and near irreparable damage to international relations.