"In light of recent events, we have chose to remove Logan Paul's channels from Google Preferred", a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement to NPR on Thursday, referring to the program connecting advertisers with top-tier content producers on the site. "Additionally, we will not feature Logan in Season 4 of "Foursome" and his new originals are on hold", a spokesperson for the company told The Hollywood Reporter.
YouTube has dropped the hugely popular video blogger Logan Paul as the fallout from the 22 year old's highly controversial "suicide forest" video in Japan rumbles on. The video site had initially given Paul a strike for posting a violent and graphic content that goes against the community guidelines.
In the video, Paul and his friends see a man's hanging body from a tree.
He can be heard giggling as the camera lingers over the corpse, but is later seen looking shocked while wearing a bright-green Toy Story hat.
Paul was removed from Google Preferred, a premier ad service that offers brand advertisers access to top YouTube producers. The scandal started shortly after Logan posted the clip on his YouTube channel, his subscribers accusing him of being insensitive and posting trash content for click-bait purposes.
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Paul went silent on January 4 after posting an apologies to both YouTube (which was initially labeled as a monetized video) and Twitter, and has not issued a public response to YouTube's punishment. Many have also pointed out that the video was, in fact, taken down voluntarily by Paul and not by YouTube. So far, there have been no reports of advertisers pulling ads from YouTube in response to the Logan Paul situation.
The video was entitled: "We found a dead body in the Japanese suicide forest".
YouTube initially issued the video a "strike" for violating their terms of service, but have now made a decision to take a more drastic set of actions against Logan Paul.
YouTube responded to the accusations several days later after the initial video was uploaded.
The company expressed that it was upset about the video, stating, "Suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views". These channels are typically among the biggest and most watched on YouTube; think top influencers and creators like Logan Paul, Lele Pons, Casey Neistat and Marques "MKBHD" Brownlee.