Following the suicide video controversy, YouTube removed Logan Paul from Google’s Preferred Ad program and suspended all of his YouTube original projects. And in case you missed it, YouTube also cut off his ad revenue citing his recent pattern of behavior.
Now, you might be wondering why not ban him entirely from the platform by removing his channel? Well, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki thinks that Paul doesn’t deserve to be kicked off from the platform – not yet at least.
In an interview at Recode’s annual Code Media conference, Wojcicki confirmed that Paul wouldn’t be banned from YouTube anytime soon. When the host Kara Swisher questioned the move, Wojcicki said, “He hasn’t done anything that would cause those three strikes. We can’t just be pulling people off our platform… They need to violate a policy.”
In case you’re wondering, Wojcicki is referring to YouTube’s three strikes policy here, according to which the creators will be terminated from the platform if they get three strikes within a three-month period.
Creators can get strikes if the videos contain nudity or sexual content, violent or graphic content, harmful or dangerous content, hateful content, threats, spam, misleading metadata, or scams. – YouTube community guidelines
Wojcicki’s statement about following YouTube’s community guidelines makes a lot of sense. In fact, it is good to see that YouTube’s decisions are not influenced by public’s outrage over the issue. The company was hit a lot of criticism following the controversy and the role it played in hosting the content and pushing it on “Trending” list.
Meanwhile, a popular YouTuber who goes by the name KEEMSTAR, tweeted that ads are still being played on Paul’s videos despite the temporary suspension.
— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) February 12, 2018
However, Youtube team was quick enough to respond back saying that the ban was still in place and they’re also aware of the few instances where people still see ads, which will be removed soon.