After a delay that some consider infuriating, YouTube has taken action in delivering consequences to YouTuber Logan Paul after he released a vlog on December 31 in which he and his friends came across a suicide victim in Japan and made distasteful jokes about it.
Logan Paul published this video of himself and a group of friends walking through Aokigahara forest to experience the "haunted" factor of this infamous suicide destination. During their walk, they came across the dead body of a suicide victim and kept the camera rolling for their immediate reactions. After extreme backlash from his insensitivity toward the victim and the broader unconcern for the serious mental health issue, the popular vlogger, who has over 15 million subscribers, removed his video.
Nearly two weeks later, YouTube has administered some definitive consequences to the YouTuber, first by removing Paul from its Google Preferred program, a premium service for brands to advertise on YouTube's "most engaging and brand safe content" (as YouTube puts it).
Though his channel hasn't been completely demonetized, this action by YouTube will result in Paul's channel earning substantially less on his YouTube channel. Since he is already well established in businesses and on his blog, Paul's career is not devastated.
YouTube has dealt further consequences to Paul in putting a hold on YouTube Red, YouTube's paid ad-free subscription service, projects. This includes the projects of "The Thinning: New World Order", a sequel to Paul's YouTube Red sci-fi thriller "The Thinning", and his other originals. Paul will also not be featured in Season 4 of Red's original comedy, "Foursome", where he starred as the older brother of Jenn McAllister's Andie for the previous three seasons.
The final definitive action for the video is that Paul received one strike for violating YouTube's policy. Three strikes in three months will result in termination of the YouTuber's account.
The massive streaming company, in response to the mass's frustration, stated that they are looking at further consequences and will share soon the action they are taking to ensure videos such as this one will never circulate again.
YouTube acknowledged distraught viewers in a statement saying, "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."
"Like many others," they continued, "we were upset by the video that was shared last week. Suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views."