Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

Logan Paul Tases Dead Rat, YouTube Temporarily Suspends Advertising

Logan Paul Tases Dead Rat, YouTube Temporarily Suspends Advertising

After the uproar at the start of the year over Paul's December 31 video showing an apparently lifeless, hanging body, he took a leave of absence from social media and YouTube removed him from Google Preferred, a premier ad service that offers brand advertisers access to top channel producers.

Offenses this time apparently include: Removing a fish from a pond and giving it mock CPR, using a taser on a dead rat, and tweeting about the Tide Pod challenge.

It's been a little over a month since infamous YouTube celebrity Logan Paul walked into Japan's Aokigahara Forest and filmed the body of a recently deceased person who was the victim of suicide. Although reports claim that Paul earns over $1.2 million per month through YouTube ad revenue, he also receives considerable income from selling his merchandise, which he aggressively promotes in his videos. That jest has landed the embattled YouTube star in hot water-again-with the platform that made him famous.

Since returning to YouTube, Paul has uploaded several disturbing videos including one where he tasered a dead rat.

Paul's manager and publicist didn't respond to requests for comment on Friday. YouTube also has age-restricted access to Logan Paul's videos.

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If Paul continues to violate YouTube's policies, ads could be permanently disabled from his channel, per YouTube's guidelines. This new move goes one step further and hits Paul where it hurts creators the revenue.

In a tweet, the company said it acted "in response to Paul's recent pattern of behavior".

YouTube said his actions could "damage" the wider video-making community. The company later removed Paul from its lucrative Google Preferred platform, which gives advertisers easy access to the most popular YouTubers, and suspended his content deals with paid streaming service YouTube Red.

However, it's now unknown how much this move will affect the YouTuber.

He's returned to the website after taking a break and apologising for a video he posted in December that shocked a lot of people and led to many people criticising him. There has been suggestions that YouTube has been more lenient on Paul than perhaps he deserves, with some instead calling for a full and permanent ban for the YouTube Rewind-starring vlogger rather than simply a temporary restriction on ad revenue.

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