Saturday 20 January 2018

YouTube cuts ties with top vlogger over suicide video

Vlogger Logan Paul. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Vlogger Logan Paul. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Alexander Britton

YouTube has cut business ties with Logan Paul after the vlogger received strong criticism for posting a video appearing to show the body of a suicide victim.

The 22-year-old said he felt ashamed and did not expect to be forgiven after filming in Japan's Aokigahara Forest - which is known to be a frequent site of suicides.

The video service, owned by Google, has removed Mr Paul from its 'preferred programme', where companies can sell adverts on the top 5pc of content creators, as well as putting original projects with the US star on hold.

"In light of recent events, we have decided to remove Logan Paul's channels from Google Preferred," a statement from the company said.

"Additionally, we will not feature Logan in season four of 'Foursome' and his new originals are on hold."

The clip, uploaded by Mr Paul on December 31, which had millions of views on YouTube before it was taken down, showed the vlogger and his friends discovering the body.

Irish Independent

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