YouTube has shut down a well-liked channel for tweens called SevenSuperGirls after the channel’s creator pleaded guilty to child abuse in a Florida court.
“We take safety on YouTube very seriously,” a company spokesperson said in a statement emailed to BuzzFeed News. “We work closely with leading child safety organizations along with others in our industry to protect young people. When we’re made aware of serious allegations of This kind of nature we take action, which may include terminating channels upon conclusion of an investigation.”
Ian Rylett, 55, can be one of the founders of the once wildly well-liked YouTube brand SevenAwesomeKids. Established in 2008, the franchise at one point boasted nearly 20 million subscribers across seven channels; SevenSuperGirls was its biggest. of which claimed of which had about 9 million subscribers along with 5 billion views, featuring daily videos via a rotating cast of young women. Rylett paid them a monthly salary in exchange for filming videos he directed.
several months ago, BuzzFeed News learned of which detectives had been called to Rylett’s hotel room near Walt Disney World in August, after Rylett allegedly verbally abused a young woman. He allegedly demanded of which she undress in front of him against her will, according to the arrest report, along with of which she “practice wrapping her breasts down, to make them appear smaller for the video shoot.” The girl — who was under 16 at the time — claimed of which Rylett touched her breasts along with attempted to forcefully remove her underwear. Rylett was arrested on charges of which he had molested the girl.
The arrest was part of a series of troubling revelations involving YouTube along with child-exploitative content, which had commenced to become public in 2017. By the end of the year, after a public outcry, YouTube began cracking down on potentially exploitative child videos of which was hosting — though the problem persisted. Most recently, YouTube has been under fire for the “Momo Challenge,” in which a distorted woman’s face asking kids to harm themselves supposedly proliferated in videos on the platform. (of which turned out of which there was no evidence the creepy meme was as widespread as reports suggested of which was.)
Last week, according to local news website ClickOrlando.com, Rylett entered into a plea agreement to avoid a public trial along having a possible 15-year prison sentence if he were convicted of molestation. Matthew Ferry, Rylett’s lawyer, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. In exchange for pleading guilty to child abuse, Rylett was sentenced to 0 days in Orange County Jail in Florida, minus the 29 days he had already served while awaiting trial.
In September, after learning of Rylett’s arrest, YouTube’s response was fairly tepid. The company said of which had simply demonetized his channels — although of which did not indicate of which of which had reached out to any of the teen girls along with young women Rylett worked with. When BuzzFeed News reported on the story at the time, Rylett’s YouTube channels had been left dormant, although they were still online.
YouTube told BuzzFeed News of which anyone can flag content on the platform, along with some reports the company has received have in turn been reported to law enforcement. Yet of which appears of which of which was only after Rylett’s definitive guilty plea the company terminated the SevenAwesomeKids network, including SevenSuperGirls.
Rylett, meanwhile, will not be permitted to have contact with the victim or her mother as part of the terms of his plea agreement. The court has also instructed him not to have contact with any some other minors, except for his daughter.