Rumble Rejects UK Parliament’s Pressure to Demonetize Russell Brand Amidst Allegations

Amidst a growing controversy surrounding comedian Russell Brand, video platform Rumble has taken a stand against the UK Parliament’s push to penalize the commentator based on recent allegations. The chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee says that she is “concerned” that Brand may be able to profit from his work online.

Last week, The Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches covered serious allegations of assault against Russell Brand. While the comedian has yet to be convicted of any wrongdoing and whether the anonymous accusers are victims is yet to be determined, several major platforms, including YouTube, Netflix, and BBC iPlayer, took swift action, either demonetizing or removing Brand’s content.

“We would be grateful if you could confirm whether Mr Brand is able to monetise his content, including his videos relating to the serious accusations against him. If so, we would like to know whether Rumble intends to join YouTube in suspending Mr Brand’s ability to earn money on the platform,” wrote Dame Caroline Dinenage, in the brazen letter.