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YouTube removes Logan Paul as preferred ad partner and cancels his upcoming projects

YouTube has removed vlogger and social media star Logan Paul as a preferred ad partner and placed his YouTube Red projects on hold, in response to a video Paul uploaded on Dec. 31, 2017, during a trip to Japan's Aokigahara forest, informally known as the "suicide forest." The video, depicting Paul and his team finding and filming the body of a man who appeared to have recently taken his life by hanging himself, sparked criticism for showing disrespect towards the deceased and for violating YouTube's terms of use.

Paul later took down the video and apologized, announcing a self-imposed hiatus on January 4. Around a week later, YouTube released a statement condemning Paul's actions, saying it would look into "further consequences," a promise this recent action confirms. In addition to being removed from Google’s top tier preferred ad program, which provides improved ad revenue, a sequel to Paul’s 2016 YouTube Red movie, The Thinning, has been canceled and he will no longer appear in an upcoming season of the YouTube Red web series, Foursome, where he played the character of Alec Fixler.

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