Google removes Singaporean YouTuber Amos Yee channel for breaching guidelines

Google acted after the US Toy Association removed its advertisements from YouTube.

YouTube vlogger Amos Yee is in the news again after his YouTube channel was taken down by Google over brand safety concerns after he posted videos defending paedophilia.

The Singaporean was charged for six charges related to the anti-religion posts on his YouTube channel and two for failing to show up to court, two years ago. He then sought asylum in the United States after finishing his sentence.

Google acted after the US Toy Association removed its advertisements from YouTube when it found that one of its campaigns ran alongside Yee's videos on paedophilia. His channel had over 40,000 subscribers.

Yee then posted on his Facebook page, saying: "My YouTube channel and all the videos there have been completely taken down because of my views defending paedophilia."

The tech giant faced a similar situation before, and was punished for its slow response after several big name brands froze ad spend with YouTube following claims that ads are being served against videos of "scantily clad" or "naked" children.

Since then Google has been working hard to ease advertisers fears over adfraud and brand safety issues, as it tries to avoid a scandal on the scale of Facebook-Cambridge Analytica.

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