Logan Paul's YouTube Advertising Temporarily Suspended After He Tases a Dead Rat

Irene MckinneyFeb 10, 2018

Logan Paul released a tearful video dedicated to suicide awareness and later humble-bragged in an interview that YouTube's taking him off of the Google Preferred Advertising tier didn't affect him very much.

YouTube announced earlier this morning that, in response to his "recent pattern of behavior", ads on that channel were being disabled.

In addition to the "suicide forest" video, Paul also recently uploaded a video of him tasering dead rats and has encouraged his followers to do the Tide Pod challenge, a unusual and risky trend where social media users eat laundry detergent packets on camera.

YouTube told the Press Association the decision had been made to suspend ads on all of his channels after "careful consideration". But for now, Paul, who past year spent $6.6 million on a house, will still be receiving income from his line of merchandise that he has been pushing in his videos. "You either love me, or you hate me", Paul said at the end of the video. These videos, coupled with content previous to the Suicide Forest video, such as his sexist "remix" of Flobots' "No Handlebars", led YouTube to their decision. He has however dropped a video to explain why he contacted Robert in the first place, and to give a preview of what the interview might involve.

Logan Paul took a month-long "break" from YouTube following backlash to his posting footage of a suicide victim in Japan's Aokigahara "suicide forest".

But that seems to be a problem for YouTube which is now punishing Paul for failing to follow its advertiser policy guidelines. I've been following the FakeApp phenomenon, mainly for work but partially because I think it's an extremely cool piece of tech and the reactions to it are absolutely hilarious. This option allows you to opt out of monetization for any videos that are not advertiser friendly while you remain in the YouTube Partner Program. Its guidance on this are clear: "If you monetize content that violates our guidelines, you may lose access to monetization features".

YouTube has suspended all adverts from Logan Paul's channels after he posted "potentially damaging" videos, including one where he used a Taser on dead rats.

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