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Russell Brand allegations
Podcast 'demonetises' Brand's podcast
Acast turned off advertisements on Russell Brand’s Under The Skin podcast immediately following news of the recent allegations made against the comedian, the podcast company has confirmed.
A joint investigation between The Times, The Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches aired on Saturday in which Brand was accused of sexual assault by four women. Brand has strongly denied the allegations, which also include claims of controlling, abusive and predatory behaviour.
MP wants answers from Elon Musk
Social media site X has been asked by a senior MP if owner Elon Musk, who changed its name from Twitter, “has personally intervened in any decisions on Russell Brand’s status on the platform”.
Following rape and sexual assault allegations being made against Brand, online content platforms that host his content including YouTube and podcasting company Acast said that he will not make money from advertisements on their sites and apps.
Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairwoman Dame Caroline Dinenage has written to other video hosting sites and social media outlets on Wednesday to ask whether Brand can make “profit from his content” on their platforms.
These include X, where the presenter has 11.2 million followers on the site formerly known as Twitter, right-wing video platform Rumble where has 1.4 million followers, and Instagram which has 3.8 million followers and is run by Meta.
Dame Caroline also pointed to a response by Mr Musk following Brand posting a video on Friday denying the allegations and the comedian and actor saying he has been “promiscuous” but that all of his relationships have been “consensual”.
In the communication to X chief executive Linda Yaccarino, Dame Caroline said: “We would be grateful if you could confirm whether Mr Brand monetises his content and, if so, we would like to know whether X intends to join YouTube in suspending Mr Brand’s ability to earn money on the platform.
“Given Elon Musk’s response to Mr Brand’s tweet regarding the allegations, where he wrote ‘Of course. They don’t like competition’, we are also keen to understand whether Mr Musk has personally intervened in any decisions on Mr Brand’s status on the platform.
“We would also like to know what X is doing to ensure that creators are not able to use the platform to undermine the welfare of victims of inappropriate and potentially illegal behaviour.”
Katherine Ryan's interview
More and more stories are emerging about Russell Brand - Katherine Ryan raised concerns last year but said she could not name the person involved as it was a 'litigious minefield'.