YouTube pares back Logan Paul partnership after suicide video post

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - YouTube said Wednesday it is removing popular American vlogger Logan Paul from its Google Preferred platform and putting future projects with him on hold, after Paul posted a video on the platform of a suicide victim in Japan.

"In light of recent events, we have decided to remove Logan Paul’s channels from Google Preferred. Additionally, we will not feature Logan in season 4 of ‘Foursome’ and his new Originals are on hold," Alphabet Inc's YouTube, said in a statement.

Google Preferred features YouTube's most popular content in packages for sale to advertisers. Paul, 22, is one of YouTube's top content creators, regularly drawing millions of views from his mainly youth-orientated audience.

Paul also had projects in the works with YouTube's premium subscription service, YouTube Red, and appeared on the platform's web series "Foursome."

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INGLEWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 01: Internet personality Logan Paul arrives at 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2017 at The Forum on December 1, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 01: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE) Logan Paul and Sarah Hyland speak onstage during 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2017 presented by Capital One at The Forum on December 1, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 31: Logan Paul at treats! Magazine's 7th Halloween Party in Partnership with Rolls-Royce Black Badge, Absolut Elyx, & Perrier Jouet on October 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Treats Magazine )
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 31: Logan Paul (L) and Tai Lopez at treats! Magazine's 7th Halloween Party in Partnership with Rolls-Royce Black Badge, Absolut Elyx, & Perrier Jouet on October 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Treats Magazine )
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 31: Logan Paul (R) and guest at treats! Magazine's 7th Halloween Party in Partnership with Rolls-Royce Black Badge, Absolut Elyx, & Perrier Jouet on October 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Treats Magazine )
CULVER CITY, CA - OCTOBER 18: Actor Logan Paul attends the Premiere Of Lionsgate's 'Where's The Money' at ArcLight Cinemas on October 18, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Logan Paul is seen on October 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 03: Logan Paul is seen. on October 03, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by PG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Logan Paul attends Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Fox/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Logan Paul (R) accepts Choice Male Web Star from Bella Thorne onstage during the Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Logan Paul speaks onstage during the Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Fox/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 08: Logan Paul is seen on August 08, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by PG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 25: Logan Paul is seen on July 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: Actor Logan Paul (L) and recording artist Lindsey Stirling present an award during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: Internet personality Logan Paul attends the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/BBMA2017/Getty Images for DCP)
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WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Logan Paul attends the premiere of 'Fist Fight' at Regency Village Theatre on February 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Actor Logan Paul attends 'The Thinning' Meet & Greet during the 2016 New York Comic Con - Day 3 on October 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 10: Logan Paul and Peyton List attend 'The Thinning' - Los Angeles special screening at MA Theatre on October 10, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Writer/Director Michael J. Gallagher, Peyton List and Logan Paul attend 'The Thinning' Meet & Greet during the 2016 New York Comic Con - Day 3 on October 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Writer, Producer, Director Robert Gordon, Creator Logan Paul, Actress/Director Meg Ryan and EVP, Entertainment Ketchum Marcus Peterzell speak at the How are Brands Engaging the Real Transformers? panel at Liberty Theater during 2016 Advertising Week New York on September 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Advertising Week New York)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 25: Actor/producer Logan Paul speaks onstage during 'Airplane Mode' at the Samsung Creator's Lounge At VidCon 2016 on June 23, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Samsung)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Logan Paul attends the Natural Born Pranksters After Party at The Novo by Microsoft, March 29th, 2016 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - April 12: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Logan Paul visits the Young Hollywood Studio on April 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mary Clavering/Young Hollywood/Getty Images).
FONTANA, CA - MARCH 20: YouTube star Logan Paul poses for a photo with Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Insurance / Batman Chevrolet, during the drivers meeting before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 20, 2016 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Logan Paul attends the go90 Sneak Peek held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Art on September 24, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.(Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
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Representatives for Paul did not immediately return requests from Reuters for comment.

Paul apologized in a YouTube video titled "So Sorry" last week for posting the video that showed him and his friends laughing about the body they filmed hanging on a tree in Japan’s “suicide forest.”

Paul said he had made a "huge mistake" and was ashamed of himself, and he deleted the video after it caused a social media backlash.

YouTube in an open letter on Tuesday said it was "upset by the video that was shared last week," saying that "suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views."

The company said Paul's video violated its guidelines and it was "looking at further consequences."

Paul has not posted any videos in the past week, saying he was "taking time to reflect."

Paul's channel, Logan Paul Vlogs, which has more than 15 million subscribers, is still active on YouTube and advertisers can still choose to advertise on his videos, or they can opt out.

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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