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Logan Paul

More than a week after one of its biggest stars stuck his racist, disgusting foot all the way into his throat, YouTube has finally issued a statement about Logan Paul and the now-infamous suicide video. It's also removing him from its Google Preferred ad program.

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. It was a person in their network who allowed the video to go up and be up without a warning. Last night, YouTube responded by, among other things, kicking Paul out of Google Preferred.

The statement comes over a week after the video streaming platform's rather indifferent response to the matter, when it stated how it prohibits violent or gory content.

The backlash was immediate and fierce, and resulted in Paul pulling the video and issuing an apology.

San Francisco: Google is planning a new push to vet top-tier YouTube videos that it bundles for major advertisers, people familiar with the effort said, moving to address resurgent concerns that inappropriate content is being shown alongside brand messages.

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The company also dropped the aspiring actor from the upcoming season of YouTube's original comedy series Foursome. The video gleaned millions of views and sat on the YouTube Trending page for a while before community members and celebrities including Aaron Paul and Chrissy Teigen called Paul out for his offensive and disrespectful video. If a video is graphic, it can only remain on the site when supported by appropriate educational or documentary information and in some cases it will be age-gated.

In addition to the planned hold on future Logan projects, YouTube also gave his channel a strike, Billboard reports.

Youtube plans to increase the number of people used to detect problematic content to over 10,000 people in 2018. This program is reserved exclusively for YouTube's top 5 percent of content creators.

On Wednesday, Jan. 3, Paul tweeted that he would be "taking time to reflect" and would not be posting any videos on YouTube.

The YouTube star Logan Paul has been punished for posting a video in which he joked about discovering the body of a Japanese man who had killed himself.

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