Logan Paul Loses Google Ad Deal and YouTube Red Projects – After facing backlash for remaining tight-lipped over Logan Paul’s contentious Aokigahara forest video, YouTube has finally spoken. The company has limited the social media star’s ability to earn cash from its platform, beginning with cancelling his profitable Google Preferred ad deal. Google’s Preferred program allows brands to publish ads within the videos of the top five percent creators on YouTube. Therefore while Paul will still be able to monetize his videos, he will not be earning a similar cash per click like he used to.
In addition, YouTube has also place Paul’s original projects for its ad-free streaming service on hold, as well as the sequel to his dystopian sci-fi film The Thinning. It was supposed to launch on YouTube Red later this year, however currently it’s unclear whether or not it will ever be released. His character’s fate in Red comedy Foursome also remains unclear, since YouTube has chosen to not feature him in season four.
Paul was heavily criticized for posting a video showing him and his friends laughing and joking around upon coming upon a dead body inside the Japanese forest. (Aokigahara close to Mt. Fuji is known as one of the most prevalent suicide sites in the world.) Critics slammed him for being disrespectful of the suicide victim and claiming that his video was meant to raise mental health awareness.