Logan Paul might still have a long way to go before he’s kicked off YouTube for good.
The polarizing video blogger has spent recent weeks at the center of controversy over a pair of troublesome videos he posted to his page — including one featuring the body of a suicide victim.
Yet his YouTube account remains active, and the video-sharing company’s CEO Susan Wojcicki says Paul hasn’t violated the company’s three-strikes-and-you’re-out policy.
“He hasn’t done anything that would cause those three strikes,” she said at a media conference hosted by Recode.
History shows YouTube has typically been stingy about completely banning an account due to controversial behavior, and instead often opts to demonetize a page as a form of punishment.
Some accounts have been banned for displaying horrific content or behavior in their videos. Among the despicable offenses that have led a YouTuber to be permanently deactivated include the mistreatment of animals or children, as well as hateful rhetoric or activities.
One of the most high-profile examples of a YouTuber getting banned occurred last November, when the account “Toy Freaks” was taken down for what the company vaguely characterized as a “violation of our policies.”
The account’s videos centered on a single father, Gregory Chism, and his two daughters — both under 10 years old — in creepy and often disturbing scenarios. The videos included scenes in which one or both girls ate baby food, pretended to be infants, spit up something they ate or were left in pain.
At the time, Chism said YouTube had told him his videos were garnering viewership from people who didn’t have the “best interests” of children in mind, according to Variety.
“While it is disturbing to me that anyone would find inappropriate pleasure in our video skits, I deeply appreciate YouTube’s concerns for my family and I could not be happier with having had this remarkable experience,” he said.
Comedians who have gone too far
Toy Freaks ranked within YouTube’s top 100 most viewed accounts and had over 8.5 million subscribers before the channel was taken down.
Another channel — a hidden account called Boots666 — was taken down in 2016 for featuring videos of someone crushing small animals with their boots. The account appeared to be run by the same person behind a far tamer account, BootsMade4Crushing, which featured videos of someone crushing inanimate objects like food and toys with boots.
An 18-year-old Canadian user named Evalion with 40,000 followers, meanwhile, was banned a couple months later for uploading multiple videos in which she spouted racist and hateful vitriol, including praising Adolph Hitler and uttering anti-Semitic and anti-black diatribe.
Her account was banned after she uploaded a video where she sang happy birthday to Hitler and displayed cupcakes with swastikas, according to reports at the time.
It’s unclear how YouTube’s “three strikes” rule factored into those accounts being banned.
Paul, 22, first sparked controversy at the end of 2017 when he shared footage of what appeared to be the body of a man who’d hung himself in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, a location known for its high rate of suicides.
In the video, Paul initially stressed that suicide, depression and mental illnesses “are not a joke,” but later giggled while expressing his shock from seeing the body.
He apologized twice and took a break from YouTube amid the subsequent backlash, though he shared another divisive video where he shocks a dead rat with a Taser upon his return to the website.
Earlier this month, YouTube cut Paul’s ad revenue, but Wojcicki made it clear YouTube didn’t consider his offenses severe enough to shut down his channel.
She also noted that they “terminate accounts all the time.”