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YouTube is taking action against vlogger James Charles.
The streaming platform confirmed that Charles has been temporarily blocked from participating in the Partner Platform, a service that allows content creators to collect advertising dollars directly, per the site’s “creator responsibility policy,” according to an Insider report.
The rule sees that YouTubers can be penalized for “participating in abuse or violence, demonstrating cruelty, or participating in fraudulent/deceptive behavior leading to real world harm.”
It’s been previously alleged that Charles, 21, used his status on the site to bait and “groom” minors, including two 16-year-old boys who say they engaged in direct message conversations with the makeup artist that were sexual in nature.
On April 1, Charles acknowledged his role in the controversy, in a mea culpa issued via the YouTuber’s channel, titled “Holding Myself Accountable.” The video also sees Charles making the claim that the two teenagers in question had led him to believe they were 18 years old; meanwhile, Insider has learned that at least of one of his accusers has since denied ever making such a claim.
Charles has struggled to deflect controversy since 2019, when ex-“mentor” and beauty vlogger Tati Westbrook publicly decried Charles in a video dubbed “Bye Sister,” in which, among various other accusations, she revealed suspicions that her former friend had attempted to sexually coerce “straight” men, some of whom were “emerging into adulthood.”
Westbrook’s claims prompted Charles’ first apology.
“I’ve learned the hard way about ways that I can interact with boys that I’m interested in and also ones that I should or shouldn’t be talking to,” he said at the time. The pair later made amends after Westbrook claimed that YouTuber colleagues Shane Dawson and Jeffree Starr had duped her into believing claims against Charles.
Despite Charles’ long history of saying “sorry,” his most recent statement would indicate that he plans to fight many new allegations being hurled his way.
His reps have not responded to The Post’s request for comment.
“Accountability is something that I have spoken about a number of times in the past,” he wrote on April 16.
“Many other people have come forward with a series of misleading stories and false allegations which have been reported on by many people, creators, and news outlets,” he continued. “My legal team has begun taking action against those that have spread misinformation and/or created completely fake stories, as this has gone too far.”
Charles now joins fellow disgraced YouTuber David Dobrik whose channel was also demonetized following allegations of sexual misconduct last month.
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