For those unfamiliar with the whole debacle, the YouTuber posted a video on December 31, showing a suicide victim in Japan's Aokigahara Forest, commonly referred to as "Suicide Forest". The video platform removed Paul from Google Preferred, and put other plans with the vlogger on hold. It's also shaken the mini digital empire the 22-year-old Paul built out of his prank-and-stunt-filled daily missives on YouTube watched by millions of followers, many of them tweens, teens and kids.
"It's insane - the haters think they're having an effect on us, and if the haters knew how much love was out there and how much support was out there, they'd shut their freakin' mouths", he said in an Instagram video.
This is not the first major punishment YouTube has served.
Initially YouTube issued a "Community Guidelines strike" against Paul. Many apparently believe YouTube needs to remove Paul's channel permanently, although given the growing proliferation of robot tweets in the Twitterverse, it's really hard to say which critics are real and which ones are Memorex.
Last year, Felix Kjellberg, a Swedish vlogger (video blogger) known as PewDiePie who has almost 59 million followers and is very popular with young people, had his original YouTube Red series canceled after the Wall Street Journal reported on videos with racist language and anti-semitic imagery.
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YouTube assured its audience that in addition to dishing out consequences for Logan, it will also be taking steps to prevent something like this from happening again.
"Suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views".
The video stirred a great deal of controversy and people even started a Change.org petition demanding that Paul's YouTube channel be deleted. There was an immediately backlash of public outrage, and though the video was quickly taken down, the damage was done.
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YouTube was criticised for moving slowly in response, taking almost two weeks to take action.