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Op-ed: Logan Paul tases a dead rat, draws YouTube’s harshest crackdown yet

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Enlarge / This is Logan Paul if you've been spared his videos thus far. (credit: YouTube)

Today, YouTube announced that it has temporarily suspended all ads on 22-year-old prankster Logan Paul's channel, cutting off what is estimated to be nearly $1 million in monthly revenue. The crackdown came after Paul pulled a live fish from the water to give it faux CPR as it squirmed, then shot a dead rat with a taser in one of the first videos after his return.

Paul had taken a hiatus from YouTube after he was rightly and widely criticized for uploading a video with a dead body he found in a forest in Japan known for its suicides. Initially, he returned with an apologetic video and a promise to change his ways and focus efforts on suicide prevention. Very quickly, though, he was back to his old antics.

YouTube provided the following statement to The Washington Post when it announced the suspension:

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