Logan Paul became a familiar name outside of 3rd grade circles earlier this month when he uploaded a video of himself and friends looking at the body of a man who hung himself in Japan’s Aokigahara forest in (sometimes known as the “suicide forest“). YouTube never removed the video; Logan Paul eventually removed it, and gave two apologies before going on a self-imposed hiatus.
YouTube took their time deciding what to do about Logan Paul, but they’ve finally come to a conclusion. Logan will still be able to upload videos of himself dabbing on them haters, it’s just that now he’ll be paid a little bit less for it.
The Hollywood Reporter says that YouTube has removed Logan from their Google Preferred program. YouTube (owned by Google) has a special advertising package in which brands can sell ads on the channels of the top 5% most-viewed creators. That doesn’t mean Logan Paul, who has 15.7 million subscribers, won’t make money from YouTube. His videos have millions of views, which will still inevitable make millions of dollars.
YouTube also announced that Logan Paul will not be appearing in the fourth season of the YouTube Red comedy Foursome (the third season premiered on November 1, 2017). The Thinning: New World Order, a sequel to the YouTube Red movie The Thinning (a movie I assumed is about his Trump-like hair situation but isn’t) was expected to drop later this year. But that was before Logan Paul LOL’d at a suicide for views, and now The Thinning: New World Order been put on hold.
YouTube also said that Logan Paul’s account got a strike. If an account gets three strikes in a three month period, YouTube will terminate the account. YouTube claims they’re taking steps to ensure a video like Logan’s doesn’t happen again.
It’s taken us a long time to respond, but we’ve been listening to everything you’ve been saying. We know that the actions of one creator can affect the entire community, so we’ll have more to share soon on steps we’re taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again.
— YouTube (@YouTube) January 9, 2018
I wonder what kind of steps they’re talking about here? My guess is they’re working on a pop-up warning that appears right before Logan Paul is about to upload another video in language he can understand. “Logan, before you smash that upload button bruh, take a moment and deadass think about if this video is going to cut into your bottom line, maverick. Lost revenue isn’t lit, fam!”