Logan Paul, the hugely popular vlogger who posted a video showing the body of an obvious suicide victim in Japan, has been banned by YouTube.
Its channels have been removed from Google’s Preferred program on YouTube, where brands sell ads to the top 5% of content creators on the platform.
YouTube also said it has retained original projects with Logan Paul.
Logan Paul posted the video with a male body on December 31, which caused widespread criticism.
The video shows Logan Paul and his friends in the Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mount Fuji, which is known to be a common place for suicide.
Entering to photograph the “haunted” forest, they come across a man’s body and are shocked, but also make jokes.
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The identity of the deceased man is unknown.
Online comments called the video, which garnered millions of views on YouTube before it was downloaded, “disrespectful” and “disgusting.”
Logan Paul, who has more than 15 million YouTube subscribers, later posted an apology on Twitter, saying he was “deceived by shock and awe.”
The vlogger also uploaded a video apology and said: “I should never have posted the video. I had to leave the cameras and stop recording what we were going through. “
“I’m ashamed of myself” he added.
“I’m disappointed in myself.”
Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the developed world.
Aokigahara has a reputation in Japan and internationally as a destination for people who want to commit suicide.
Data on the number of suicides there each year are not made public to avoid publication on the site. Signs have been placed in the forest urging people to seek medical help instead of taking their own lives.