YouTube apologizes regarding Logan Paul's video

  • YouTube apologizes regarding Logan Paul's video

YouTube apologizes regarding Logan Paul's video

Following a week of outcry, YouTube has (belatedly) released a statement on Logan Paul's controversial videos chronicling his visit to Japan, and in particular the forest of Aokigahara, which has become known as the country's "suicide forest." Without Google Preferred, however, which gives companies the ability to sell ads on videos produced by the top five percent of YouTube creators, Logan faces a loss of revenue.

"In light of recent events, we have chose to remove Logan Paul's channels from Google Preferred", a YouTube spokeswoman said in an email statement. "Additionally, we will not feature Logan in season 4 of Foursome and his new Originals are on hold".

As a result, whether or not The Thinning: A New World Order will launch is still unclear.

The video-sharing site revealed on Wednesday that they are putting Paul-related projects on hold after he made headlines for a video he posted on December 31 which featured images of an apparent suicide victim.

With their recently-introduced censorship guidelines, many were amazed at the fact that Paul was able to both freely upload a video containing the hanging body of a suicide victim and use that same graphic image for the vlog's thumbnail. As of this writing, it is unclear if a strike has been placed on Paul's account. "You deserve to know what's going on", the statement begins. As YouTube star Anna Akana noted, though: "That body was a person someone loved. You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness".

YouTube's response comes after Paul's own apology (which was initially monetized) and announcement to his 15 million subscribers that he'd be "taking time to reflect" on January 3.

YouTube says he eventually took it down himself, but not before it was viewed more than six million times. "The channel violated our community guidelines, we acted accordingly, and we are looking at further consequences", tweeted YouTube.

"Foursome" is a show produced by AwesomenessTV and is featured on YouTube Red, which is a subscription-based, ad-free video offering.

YouTube finally breaking its silence regarding one of its most popular users who posted a video that set off a firestorm on social media.