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YouTube Has Demonetised James Charles' Account Indefinitely

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YouTube Has Demonetised James Charles' Account Indefinitely

YouTube has demonetised the account belonging to James Charles after he apologised for messaging two underage fans.

The 21-year-old uploaded a video earlier this month titled 'holding myself accountable', where he opened up about allegations he had messaged 'two 16-year-olds on social media'.

He said he hadn't realised the fans were underage as they had told him they were aged 18.

Despite his apology, YouTube has revealed it has removed the ability for Charles to make money from advertising on his videos.

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In a statement to Insider, the video hosting platform initiated its 'creator responsibility policy' indefinitely without explaining when it will be reversed.

YouTube's policy states: "If we see that a creator's on- and/or off-platform behaviour harms our users, community, employees or ecosystem, we may take action to protect the community."

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It seeks to prevent 'malicious harm to others' and 'real world harm' through abuse or violence, cruelty, or fraudulent or deceptive behaviour.

Charles' video also saw him lose a business partner in make-up brand Morphe - the vlogger's primary beauty sponsor.

The company issued a statement over the weekend saying the two parties had mutually agreed to part ways.

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Saying he fully understood how his actions were 'wrong', Charles explained in the video how two people under the age of 18 had come forward to say they had received 'inappropriate messages' from him on social media - one being from last year, the other 'more recent'.

Charles said he had added them on Snapchat and 'asked how old they were right away'. Having been told they were 18, he said he 'believed them'.

He then 'engaged in flirty conversation then later on found out they were 16'.

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In the apology video, he said: "Looking back, that was so stupid because as I did more research on these topics and self-reflected, I realised [...] that the specific details of the interaction really don't matter because I f***ed up.

"I needed to take accountability for my actions and most importantly apologise to the people that were affected by them.

"These conversations should've never happened, point blank, period. There's no excuse for it.

"I take full responsibility for that. I trusted the information that was given to me rather than the information I could have and should have gotten myself."

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Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity

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