YouTube has revealed that it has put 'on hold' it's original projects planned with massively popular vlogger Logan Paul, following the controversy caused by his recent video showcasing a suicide victim in the Aokigahara Forest, also known as the 'suicide forest'.
The video caused a wave of backlash and fierce negative responses from the online community, in which Logan filmed, and ultimately made light of a deceased body, which the internet sensation appeared to simply happen upon while filming in Japan.
The video, posted on December 31st 2017, amassed some 6 million views before Logan himself decided to remove it, and later posted a written apology to Twitter, and later YouTube, claiming that he had not intended to cause harm, and that his reaction was "misguided by shock and awe", despite the outcry which had rightly deemed it disrespectful of the deceased.
YouTube themselves took to Twitter on January 9th, claiming that they had "acted accordingly", and were "looking at further consequences."
On January 10th, those consequences were been made public, as a YouTube spokeswoman said in a statement:
"In light of recent events, we have decided to remove Logan Paul’s channels from Google Preferred.
Additionally, we will not feature Logan in season four of ‘Foursome’ and his new Originals are on hold."
The Google Preferred program provides brands access to the top 5 percent of content creators on the website, for targeted ad-selling.
Further, his channel received a 'strike', and if three strikes are levelled at a channel in a 3 month period, the channel is removed from the site and permanently terminated.
The announcement also casts doubt over the expected release of "The Thinning: A New World Order",
which was to act as a sequel a previous YouTube Red hit by Logan "The Thinning".
The move has come following the January 9th statement in which YouTube stated that "suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views. 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."