Amid persistent outrage, YouTube has finally terminated two channels belonging to DaddyOFive parent vloggers Mike and Heather Martin. The notorious Maryland couple are currently serving five years of probation after they were convicted of emotionally and physically abusing their children in YouTube videos last year.
YouTube terminated two new channels created by the parents in the wake of that controversy — FamilyOFive and FamilyOFive Gaming — yesterday evening around 5:30 pm ET, reports WUSA9.
Last year, the Martins earned the ire of the web with cruel pranks conducted upon their young children. After losing custody of two of their kids, the Martins apologized and rebranded with the new FamilyOFive channels. However, WUSA9 reports that the new content was merely a “toned down version of the original DaddyOFive channel.” A trailer for FamilyOFive, for instance, showcased one of the Martin children getting hit in the groin with a ball, and another being harassed to the point of emotional meltdown, per WUSA9. In a vlog from February, one of the children explains a black eye he says he received while playing with his older brother.
Google told WUSA9 of its decision: “Content that endangers children is unacceptable to us. We have worked extensively alongside experts in child safety to make sure we have strict policies and are aggressively enforcing them. Given this channel owner’s previous strikes for violating our Guidelines prohibiting child endangerment, we’re removing all of his channels under our Terms of Service.”
The Martins said: “Our family has worked very hard to heal and reestablish ourselves over the past 18 months. Through a lot of hard work and introspection, we are all doing well, and are happy. YouTube is something we enjoy as a family, and we will continue to do it, within the strict boundaries we have set for ourselves. For the sake of our privacy and continued healing, I have no further comment on anything past or present at this time.”