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How the Logan Paul Scandal Changed YouTube

Emily Corwin, Editor

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Logan Paul is one of YouTube’s most popular vloggers; at just 22 years old, he has already gained a large following of over 15 million subscribers and a net worth of about $15 million.  As much as Logan Paul loves publicity and views, his controversial Japan vlog has changed YouTube, and not in the way he would want.  

 

At the end of 2017, Paul uploaded a vlog of his visit to Japan, where he and a few friends explored the Aokigahara forest, more commonly known as the “Suicide Forest.”  What makes this video controversial is a point in the vlog where he discovers a suicide victim and proceeds to film him and laugh and joke around.  Since the video was removed by Paul himself, he has posted an apology on Twitter and YouTube, claiming that his video was not intended to shock people, but rather as a way to raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention.  In his Twitter post, he writes, “I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the Internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity.”

 

YouTube has since announced that Logan Paul will no longer be a part of the YouTube Red show “Foursome,” and his channels will be removed from Google Preferred, which is a YouTube program that allows advertisers to pay to put their ads on trending videos.  In a lengthy Twitter post, YouTube wrote, “Like many others, we were upset by the video that was shared last week.  Suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views.”  

 

 

As a result of Paul’s controversial video, YouTube has planned to “manually review” a large number of the videos posted on the website, meaning that YouTube employees will review the videos within their Google Preferred program.  This decision means that advertisements will only be on videos that have been reviewed and verified by YouTube.

 

Logan Paul (left) with his friends in his controversial Japan vlog

What does this mean for the future of YouTube and its content?  Content creators with small channels will no longer be monetized unless their subscriber count reaches 1,000 with 4,000 hours of view time.  YouTube’s objective in this policy is to “prevent bad actors from harming the inspiring and original creators around the world who make their living on YouTube.”  This policy, once implemented, will seem to replicate the “ad-pocalypse” of last year, in which several popular independent channels experienced a serious decline in their ad revenue.

 

In the meantime, Paul has not posted a video since the Japan vlog, tweeting that he needs “time to reflect.”  Since the video, his subscriber count has increased by about 40,000, and he has received a strike against a channel.  With YouTube’s new demonetization policy, it’s possible to see a significant drop in advertisements on Paul’s channel, as well as many others.

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