YouTube has demonetised three of David Dobrik’s channels.
Amidst weeks of controversy for the viral star, YouTube has confirmed in a statement to Insider that they have blocked both David and former Vlog Squad member Durte Dom, real name Dominykas Zeglaitis, from making money off ads on their channels.
“We have strict policies that prohibit sexual harassment on YouTube and take allegations of sexual assault very seriously,” a spokesperson for YouTube told the publication. “We have temporarily suspended monetization on David Dobrik and Durte Dom channels for violating our Creator Responsibility policy.”
YouTube has confirmed it has temporarily demonetised his main channel David Dobrik, his second channel David Dobrik Too, and his podcast channel Views. They have also demonetised Dom’s main channel.
Earlier this week, David and the Vlog Squad came under fire after an investigation by journalist Kat Tenbarge for Insider found accusations of rape against Dom while David and friends allegedly enabled the assault.
The fall-out has been intense, with David and the Vlog Squad losing brand sponsorships, affiliations, and business opportunities. The 24-year-old was even allegedly forced to exit his startup company, Dispo, after raising $20 million in Series A funding just last month.
Other instances of temporary demonetisation include Logan Paul in 2017 after filming a dead body in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, JayStation who faked his girlfriend’s death in early 2020, and Shane Dawson after multiple resurfaced videos and photos began circulating of the star engaging in racist jokes, blackface, sexualising animals and minors, and saying the n-word.
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