Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

YouTube Removes Logan Paul From Preferred Program, Puts 'Thinning' Sequel on Hold

YouTube Removes Logan Paul From Preferred Program, Puts 'Thinning' Sequel on Hold

"In light of recent events, we have chose to remove Logan Paul's channels from Google Preferred", a YouTube spokesperson said.

YouTube said Wednesday it is removing Paul from its Google Preferred platform and putting future projects with him on hold. In turn, creators with channels in Google Preferred get a better cut of the advertising revenue than those on Google's lower-tier advertising programs.

For those unfamiliar with the whole debacle, the YouTuber posted a video on December 31, showing a suicide victim in Japan's Aokigahara Forest, commonly referred to as "Suicide Forest".

Paul, who has not responded publicly to any statements released by YouTube or Japanese officials, has made a decision to take some time off to reflect on his offensive behavior.

Almost two weeks after Logan Paul's infamous trip to Tokyo, Japanese police have announced that he could be charged with at least four different crimes after viewing his videos. "Additionally, we will not feature Logan in Season 4 of "Foursome" and his new originals are on hold". Amid the Paul flap-up and other brand safety concerns, YouTube is reportedly reimagining its Google Preferred ad package, and will henceforth vet channels using human and technological moderation. In the past, there has been a lot of controversy and speculation surrounding how videos get chosen for YouTube's Trending page as well as its "recommended" and "what's next" suggestions, and it's possible that, with this new vetting, Google could influence what makes "popular" YouTube content even more popular than before.

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But some of the YouTube community felt that the streamer hadn't done enough.

The statement said. "Many of you have been frustrated with our lack of communication recently", the statement begins. "You deserve to know what's going on".

The video received many complaints and was deleted.

In an open letter earlier this week, YouTube said "suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views".

The company then indicated that it would look at "further consequences" and would share more soon about "steps we're taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again".

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