YouTube Releases Official Apology for Logan Paul Video

YouTube Cuts Business Ties With Social Media Star Logan Paul After Suicide Video Controversy

YouTube Cuts Ties With Logan Paul After Suicide Video Controversy

YouTube has put its original projects with Logan Paul on hold following widespread criticism over a video he posted December 31 that featured images of a suicide victim.

Netizens recently called out Paul after he posted a video taken from Aokigahara park in Japan, which is commonly known as "Suicide Forest" among tourists.

Since then, Deadline reports that Paul has been removed from Google Preferred, which pairs top advertisers with top YouTube stars, and he's been cut from the original series "Foursome". The Thinning: New World Order is now in limbo after it was to be released this year.

"In light of recent events, we have made a decision to remove Logan Paul's channels from Google Preferred", shared a YouTube spokeswoman in a statement.

Meanwhile, the video-sharing site confirmed that it had removed Paul's channel from its Google Preferred platform, which therefore excluded it from the lineup of famous channels for blue-chip advertisers. In addition, the social media company has pushed the pause button on several of Paul's original series and any feature-length films he starred in, including the upcoming sequel to the famous 2017 YouTube produced film The Thinning. Before last year's Upfronts, YouTube's better-than-TV pitch was already marred by rare but jarring combinations of wholesome brand marketing and offensive videos. The video is no longer available on YouTube.

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Paul's channel also received a strike from YouTube. This time, YouTube apologized for the "lack of communication" and mentioned that there will be more news to come.

Logan Paul, who has more than 15 million subscribers on YouTube, later posted an apology on Twitter, saying he had been "misguided by shock and awe". The company condemned Paul's actions and added that it would not allow the channel to continue to violate the community guidelines. According to YouTube's guidelines if a channel receives three strikes in three months it will be deleted. The statement continued by saying that suicide is not a laughing matter and that the tragedy should not be something that brings more views to the site.

Polygon has reached out to YouTube for comment and will update when we hear back.

It seems YouTube has taken action against Logan Paul, only one day after the platform tweeted that it was looking to take further action.

Google Preferred's advertising programme aggregates top YouTube content for advertisers to buy time on them. It wrote, "We'll have more to share soon on steps we're taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again".

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