About one year after the YouTube ad-pocalypse shook up the online video website, the company is handing down a punishment to another YouTube star for posting an obscene video. Logan Paul, a YouTube creator with 15 million subscribers, has been removed from Google's Preferred ad platform. YouTube also won't feature Paul in the fourth season of Foursome, a YouTube Red show, and Paul's other Originals projects have been put on hold. This comes nearly two weeks after Paul posted a video of him visiting Aokigahara in Japan, also known as the "suicide forest," and prominently featuring a dead human body in the video and in the video's thumbnail.
YouTube's punishment comes after the company made this original statement about this incident:
Our hearts go out to the family of the person featured in the video. YouTube prohibits violent or gory content posted in a shocking, sensational or disrespectful manner. If a video is graphic, it can only remain on the site when supported by appropriate educational or documentary information and in some cases it will be age-gated. We partner with safety groups such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to provide educational resources that are incorporated in our YouTube Safety Center.
Amidst outrage from the YouTube community and some celebrities, Logan Paul removed the video from YouTube and issued two apologies before announcing he would take time off from YouTube "to reflect."