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British Parliament’s demand for the demonetization of Russell Brand follows pattern of politicians and banks freezing finances of dissidents in Canada and the UK

Neal Mohan, CEO, YouTube; Russell Brand; Caroline Dinenage, Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee in the UK Parliament

Multiple women are accusing comedian and political commentator Russell Brand of rape, sexual assault, and emotional abuse over a seven year period from 2006 to 2013. The accusations come from a joint investigation by the Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches in the United Kingdom. Brand has strongly denied the allegations.

In response to this investigation, YouTube on Tuesday demonetized Brand’s channel, where he has 6.6 million subscribers, for violating the company’s “creator responsibility policy.”

Shortly after, the Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee in the UK Parliament, Caroline Dinenage, sent letters to X/Twitter, BBC, TikTok, GB News, Channel 4, and Rumble, a YouTube competitor, asking if Brand was able to monetize his content on those platforms.

“While we recognize that TikTok is not the creator of the content published by Mr. Brand,” wrote Dinenage, “and his content may be within the Community Guidelines set out by the platform, we are concerned that he may be able to profit from his content on the platform.”

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