Controversial YouTube star, Logan Paul, won’t get banned from the platform, according to YouTube CEO, Susan Wojcicki.
Paul was placed under intense scrutiny after he posted a video of a person who committed suicide in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest. As a result, YouTube temporarily suspended advertising revenue on the star’s account. However, Wojcicki claims that Paul doesn’t deserve to get outright banned from the platform as he hasn’t violated YouTube’s policy three times.
“He hasn’t done anything that would cause those three strikes,” Wojcicki said at the Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, California. “When someone violates our policies three times, we terminate. We terminate accounts all the time.”
The platform recently demonetized Paul’s YouTube channel after he shot a Taser at a dead rat and then poked fun on Twitter about eating Tide Pods.
This display of inappropriate behavior was only amplified after Logan Paul went on an apology tour to address the controversial video in which he appeared next to the corpse of a suicide victim.
According to Wojcicki, these incidents count as two strikes.
YouTube has also received its fair share of negative attention, as the company was criticized for its lack of transparency and paper-thin policies.
On Friday, YouTube updated its overall violations policy which for all channels to include removal from the preferred ad program, not including their videos in the recommendations tabs and taking ads off of a creator’s channel.
Wojcicki said that the new update gives the platform more opportunities to disable services if creators violate YouTube’s policy.
She also addressed the issue of violent and sexual content being uploaded on the platform. Wojcicki said that YouTube will add more than 10 thousand people to oversee content next year. According to her, human reviewers are essential in both removing content and training machine learning systems to decide whether the content violates the platform’s policies or not.
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