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Entertainment • Feb 06, 2019

YouTube explains why they aren't deleting Austin Jones' channel following child pornography charges [UPDATE]

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YouTube explains why they aren't deleting Austin Jones' channel following child pornography charges [UPDATE]
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UPDATE - February 7 (10 AM PST)

YouTube has now deleted the channel of convicted sex offender and popular YouTuber Austin Jones, after initially declining to do so following his plea deal on February 1, 2019. 

While the platform first claimed that Jones' content was not directly related to his criminal charges, they have since removed his account for "violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.”


YouTube has determined that it will not delete Austin Jones' channel after the YouTuber admitted to charges of soliciting child pornography from underage fans on February 1, 2019.

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YouTube explained their stance on the matter as relating to the actual content of Jones’ channel, stating that the platform only terminates channels that are directly related to the crimes of a convicted YouTuber.

Since Jones’ content does not relate to his charges nor violate the site’s terms of service, his account will remain active - although his Twitter and Instagram accounts have been disabled in light of the scandal.

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Austin Jones' YouTube channel remains active, as the company claims his videos do not directly relate to his charges nor violate the site's TOS.

While Jones’ channel is still available, he makes no profit from his content; YouTube demonetized his videos upon his initial arrest in 2017, after the YouTuber was charged with two counts of child pornography.

A spokesperson for YouTube further detailed the site’s stance on such issues, claiming that they will go as far as suspending “business relations” when presented with major convictions against its creators.

Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune
YouTuber Austin Jones plead guilty to one count of child pornography, and faces up to twenty years in prison - but his channel will remain online.

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“We take safety on YouTube and allegations of sexual misconduct very seriously,” the spokesperson stated in an interview with Tubefilter. 

“When we’re made aware of serious allegations or convictions we take action, which may include terminating business relationships or suspending monetization.”

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Austin Jones created a video explaining the scandal in 2015, where he claimed that none of his conversations with the underage fans went beyond "twerking." This video has since been removed, as his channel has been terminated.

Jones pleaded guilty to one count of child pornography, admitting to charges of coercing six underage female fans to send him sexually explicit photos and videos from 2010 - 2017 while being aware that the girls in question were underage.

Jones now faces up to 20 years in prison.

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