Google plans to vet premium YouTube videos after concerns over offensive content

Janie Parker
January 12, 2018

YouTube celebrity Logan Paul is now facing consequences for his controversial suicide forest video that he posted last week.

Paul has since deleted the original video filmed in Aokigahara Forest, also known as Japan's suicide forest. The movie, a sequel to Paul's popular YouTube Red sci-fi thriller The Thinning, was announced in late November and was expected to drop on Red, YouTube's ad-free subscription streaming service. "Additionally, we will not feature Logan in season four of "Foursome" and his new Originals are on hold".

As Billboard explains, Google Preferred allows potential video sponsors access to YouTube's top 5% of creators for selling ads.

The report comes just after YouTube confirmed it was removing Logan Paul from the Google Preferred group, which could reportedly slash his ad revenue by 50 percent. And it said his new videos are no longer being published. Paul, 22, is one of YouTube's top content creators, regularly drawing millions of views from his mainly youth-orientated audience. The company acknowledged this, saying: "You're right to be [frustrated]".

Paul released his discovery to his YouTube channel for his 15 million subscribers to see. Since posting his apology video on his vlog, Mr. Paul has not added any other post.

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But as one of YouTube's biggest "stars" and noting that YouTube had actively promoted the video while it was still online, albeit through algorithms, many were angry that the web giant did not say anything about the issue until 10 days later.

Aside from his videos, Paul makes money from sponsored social media posts and merchandise - and it's worth noting that his apology video has racked up almost 40 million views.

YouTube previously posted a statement on its Twitter page, stating that the platform stood against the YouTuber's actions. The statement also promised that the company would take steps "to ensure a video like this is never circulated again". Or do you think YouTube is more liable for the video going live than Logan is for producing it?

YouTube has had to deal with a number of brand-safety issues over the past year, and the Paul punishment is the clearest step yet that the company is not afraid to take action to combat the problem, even against its most high-profile channels.

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