YouTube star Logan Paul may need to start looking for a new job title if he doesn't want people calling him "the suicide forest guy" for the foreseeable future. That's because "YouTube star" isn't entirely accurate, following a statement from YouTube that Paul would be facing some significant disciplinary action due to his decision to post a video of a dead body in Japan's famous Aokigahara forest. The company is yanking Paul from their lucrative "Google Preferred" advertising tier, and his involvement in a couple of future YouTube Red projects has also been suspended:
"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 4 of 'Foursome' and his new Originals are on hold … 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."
While the move doesn't mean Paul will be suspended from YouTube entirely, the loss of his Google Preferred status means that he will no longer be able to rake in the big ad dollars that he had previously from his work posted on the platform. Paul has a starring role in the 2016 YouTube Red film The Thinning, a sequel to which had been planned but has now reportedly been put on hold, presumably so the project can be retooled to remove Paul's character if it isn't fated to be scrapped entirely.
For Paul's part, he's been largely radio silent since posting an apology video, but it remains to be seen whether his numerous brand endorsement deals will also go the way of his YouTube partnership, and if his Maverick personal clothing line will survive the controversy as well.