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YouTube Removes Logan Paul From Google Preferred After Controversial Video

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On Wednesday, YouTube announced it has taken action against Logan Paul after the backlash concerning his controversial video, which featured the body of a man who had died by suicide.

“In light of recent events, we have decided to remove Logan Paul’s channels from Google Preferred,” YouTube announced in a press release. “Additionally, we will not feature Logan in season 4 of ‘Foursome’ and his new originals are on hold.”

With this change, Paul, whose controversial video was viewed 6.3 million times, will no longer benefit from Google Preferred, which sells ad packages to brand advertisers. This will not prevent him from running ads on YouTube, but will likely mean lower revenue than what Preferred creators typically generate.

This statement was made one day after YouTube tweeted an “open letter” in response to the controversy.

Many of you have been frustrated with our lack of communication recently. You’re right to be… The channel violated our community guidelines, we acted accordingly, and we are looking at further consequences. 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.

So far, the response to YouTube’s most recent decision has been mixed.


Paul has yet to comment on the decision or any of YouTube’s previous statements.

If you or someone you know needs help, visit our suicide prevention resources page.

If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741-741.


Image via Wikimedia Commons/Luigi Novi

Originally published: January 11, 2018
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