Here’s How YouTube Is Starting to Cut Ties With Logan Paul Following ‘Suicide Forest’ Video

Here’s How YouTube Is Starting to Cut Ties With Logan Paul Following ‘Suicide Forest’ Video

YouTube has officially dropped Logan Paul as a preferred ad partner and begun removing him from projects in the wake of the controversy surrounding his “Suicide Forest” video. The 22-year-old vlogger came under fire in early January for posting a YouTube video of himself allegedly discovering a dead body in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, which is known as a common suicide site.


After tweeting a statement denouncing Paul’s actions on Tuesday, YouTube said on Wednesday that it has decided to remove Paul’s channels from Google Preferred — a service that gives content creators access to top-tier advertising revenue — as well as suspend production on a YouTube original movie he was slated to appear in and pull him from season 4 of the YouTube Red series “Foursome.”


“Suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views. As Anna Akana put it perfectly: ‘That body was a person someone loved. You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness,'” YouTube wrote on Twitter. “We expect more of the creators who build their community on @YouTube, as we’re sure you do too. The channel violated our community guidelines, we acted accordingly, and we are looking at further consequences.”