YouTube is demonizing David Dobrik’s channels over sexual assault allegations

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YouTube temporarily demonetized multiple David Dobrik channels after sexual assault allegations were made against a former member of its Vlog squad, Insider reportsThree of Dobrik’s channels have been demonetized; David Dobrik, David Dobrik Too and the channel for his video podcast, Views. In addition to Dobrik’s channels, YouTube has also demonetized Durte Dom, the ex-Vlog Squad member’s personal channel central to the allegations.

“We have a strict policy prohibiting sexual harassment on YouTube and taking sexual assault allegations very seriously,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement. “We have temporarily suspended monetization on the David Dobrik and Durte Dom channels for violating our Creator Responsibility Policy.”

The video platform is the latest organization to take action against Dobrik after the allegations came out a report of Insider last week. In it, a woman said in a 2018 vlog that the former Vlog Squad member had sexual activity with her while she was too drunk to agree. Footage from the night of the incident was later published in a since-deleted YouTube video titled “SHE SHOULD NOT SHARE WITH FIRE !!”

In his most recent video Covering the controversy, Dobrik apologized for his role in the incident. “I would like to apologize to her and her friends for putting them in an environment that I made possible forever, which made them feel that their safety and values ​​were compromised. I am very sorry. “Dobrik also confirmed that he has made the decision to stop filming with the former Vlog Squad member in 2019.” I fully believe the woman, “he said.

More than a dozen advertisers cut ties with Dobrik after the report came out, including HelloFresh, EA Sports, Dollar Shave Club and Facebook. Dobrik has also said goodbye to the disposable camera app Dispo, an app he co-founded in 2019, in light of the allegations. The app has lost investors, including Spark Capital and Lime CEO Wayne Ting