YouTube has cut business ties with Logan Paul following widespread criticism of the YouTuber’s infamous “Suicide Forest” video, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. The video, which was posted Dec. 31, featured blurred images of a suicide victim.
Paul was involved with several YouTube films that are now in question including “The Thinning: New World Order,” which was a sequel to Paul’s popular YouTube Red sci-fi thriller “The Thinning.” The YouTube star will also no longer appear in the upcoming fourth season of the YouTube comedy “Foursome.”
Additionally, YouTube has removed Paul from its Google Preferred program, which gives brands the ability to sell ads on the top 5 percent of creators on the platform.
“In light of recent events, we have decided to remove Logan Paul’s channels from Google Preferred,” said a YouTube spokeswoman in a statement. “Additionally, we will not feature Logan in season 4 of ‘Foursome’ and his new Originals are on hold.”
Youtube’s decision comes a day after the company announced an apology for the video via a series of Twitter posts.
Many of you have been frustrated with our lack of communication recently. You’re right to be. You deserve to know what’s going on.
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.
We expect more of the creators who build their community on
@YouTube, as we’re sure you do too. The channel violated our community guidelines, we acted accordingly, and we are looking at further consequences.
Suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views. As Anna Akana put it perfectly: “That body was a person someone loved. You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness.”
Like many others, we were upset by the video that was shared last week. The series of posts read.