YouTube suspends Russell Brand from advert income

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Russell Brand's YouTube transmission has 6.6 cardinal subscribers

By Paul Glynn & Tom Gerken

BBC News

YouTube has suspended Russell Brand's channels from making wealth from adverts for "violating" its "creator work policy".

The video level said it was taking enactment "to protect" its users.

It comes aft the Metropolitan Police received a study of an alleged intersexual battle successful 2003, successful the aftermath of further allegations astir the star.

Over the play the comedian and histrion was accused of rape and intersexual assaults betwixt 2006 and 2013, which helium denies.

"If a creator's off-platform behaviour harms our users, employees oregon ecosystem, we instrumentality action," a YouTube spokesperson said connected Tuesday.

The determination besides comes aft the remaining shows of Brand's Bipolarisation circuit were postponed.

In caller years, the erstwhile TV and vigor property has repositioned himself, posting regular videos astir spirituality, anti-establishment authorities and, recently, UFOs, to his 6.6 cardinal subscribers.

Russell Brand allegations

YouTube's determination to artifact his gross streams applies to "all channels that whitethorn beryllium owned oregon operated" by the 48-year-old, it confirmed to the BBC.

Other channels associated with his main YouTube leafage see Awakening With Russell, Stay Free With Russell Brand and Football Is Nice, which person astir 500,000 subscribers betwixt them.

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Russell Brand: A drama vocation built connected controversy

While YouTube noted that specified bans are rare, it pointed to erstwhile examples including the suspension of adverts from the channels of Slovak net property David Dobrik and US YouTuber and make-up creator James Charles.

Speaking to the Guardian, Sara McCorquodale, main enforcement of societal media investigation bureau CORQ, said Brand's YouTube transmission would "most likely" beryllium "making £2,000 to £4,000 per video, not taking into relationship immoderate affiliate deals and marque sponsorships that mightiness beryllium moving successful the background".

According to Companies House, Brand's institution - called Pablo Diablo's Legitimate Business Firm Ltd - saw its nett assets much than treble from £2m successful 2020 to £4.1 cardinal successful 2021.

How bash YouTubers marque money?

There are tons of antithetic ways for radical to marque wealth connected YouTube.

One of the astir evident is done advertisement revenue. After gaining capable viewers, YouTubers tin person ads moving earlier and during their videos, earning varying amounts. One YouTuber with fractional a cardinal subscribers precocious showed the BBC they made astir £10,000 from a video with 1.5 cardinal views.

But the nonstop wealth made from videos tin alteration dramatically and beryllium overmuch little - oregon adjacent higher - than this.

Other ways of making wealth see transmission memberships, wherever radical subscribe to spot much of your content, arsenic good arsenic ace chat and ace thanks, wherever a spectator tin wage to person their connection to the creator look much prominently.

But the large mode YouTubers marque wealth is done sponsorships, known arsenic "spons" successful the community.

At the apical of the statement of each but his astir caller video, successful which helium commented connected the allegations, Brand has a prominently-placed spon. The companies see a skincare firm, a nutrient supplement powder, a VPN and a java alternative.

Companies wage for salient sponsorship connected videos earning hundreds of thousands of views, and volition mostly wage overmuch much for the magnitude of conversions - radical who bargain the merchandise utilizing the link. This could beryllium thing from 1 twentieth to fractional the acquisition price.

It's intolerable to accurately estimation however overmuch this is, arsenic the finances are agreed connected a case-by-case basis. But suffice to say, it is not uncommon for a YouTuber to marque much wealth done spons than immoderate different income root connected the platform.

Investigation and reaction

The allegations against Brand were made successful a associated probe by the Sunday Times, the Times and Channel 4's Dispatches.

Ahead of its broadcast, Brand took to his online societal media video platforms - YouTube, Instagram and X (formerly known arsenic Twitter), arsenic good arsenic Rumble - to pre-emptively contradict each claims of misconduct, saying helium was the taxable of "a co-ordinated attack" involving "very superior allegations that I perfectly refute".

He added that his relationships had been "always consensual".

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Brand performed astatine a scheduled gig astatine the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre connected Saturday evening. The remainder of his circuit has since been postponed

On Monday, 1 of the women who has accused him of intersexual battle erstwhile she was 16 has told BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour his behaviour was an "open secret".

The woman, known arsenic Alice, added that allegations against him person been "a agelong clip coming".

Speaking for the archetypal clip since accusations became public, she said his denial was "laughable" and "insulting".

Large following

Brand inactive has a beingness connected Rumble, wherever helium has 1.4 cardinal followers, and helium hosts a regular amusement each weekday, but determination was notably nary caller occurrence connected Monday.

Prior to his reinvention arsenic an online guru, the comedian's accepted net were made done high-profile TV and vigor presenting jobs, books and movie appearances, arsenic good arsenic his unrecorded drama shows.

He performed for a assemblage of 2,000 fans astatine the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre - portion of his Bipolarisation circuit - connected Saturday successful the contiguous aftermath of the claims.

In the crowd, a pistillate held a motion reading: "We basal by you."

PR guru Mark Borkowski told the Daily Mail sections of his "cult" societal media and podcast fanbase were apt to basal by him,

"I deliberation determination volition beryllium a profound magnitude of radical who volition basal by him. Normally with allegations similar this your vocation would beryllium over, but not successful this case, which is interesting," helium said.

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