Logan Paul’s YouTube channel is getting advertising again, but his probation isn’t entirely over yet.
A YouTube representative told Polygon that Paul is rejoining YouTube’s monetization program — but he is still ineligible from receiving Google Preferred ads, the premium ad platform reserved for top creators. Paul had been suspended from YouTube’s normal ad platform it for over two weeks following a series of offensive and crass videos. YouTube has also put a hold on Paul’s YouTube Red series, removed him from the platform’s Trending tab, stopped recommending his videos and removed his content from the front page since then.
YouTube’s representative said Paul and those on his team had reviewed the company’s community guidelines and advertiser-friendly guidelines, acknowledging they understand what is allowed on the site and what is required to ensure monetization.
Paul isn’t out of the doghouse completely despite ads returning to his channel. A 90-day probation period is still in place that ensures his videos are not eligible to appear in the Trending category. The probation also means Paul’s videos won’t be sent to non-subscribers in notifications of recent videos uploaded to the site.
Paul has been the subject of intense criticism since his return to YouTube. On December 31, 2017, he posted a video of Japan’s Aokigahara forest, which is nicknamed the “Suicide Forest.” The video showed the body of someone who had taken their own life. It was met with immediate condemnation. Paul then took a three-week hiatus to film a mini documentary about suicide awareness and prevention before returning to his vlogging cycle.
His return wrought even more questionable content, including using a Taser on two dead rats and performing CPR on his dead koi fish. YouTube’s CEO, Susan Wojcicki, said that despite Paul’s crude actions, he didn’t deserve to be banned from the platform.
“He hasn’t done anything that would cause those three strikes,” Wojcicki said. “We can’t just be pulling people off our platform. They need to violate a policy. We need to have consistent [rules].”
That hasn’t stopped Paul from vlogging, though. He’s gearing up to launch his new podcast, Impaulsive, and just announced he’ll be fighting popular British YouTuber KSI in a boxing match later this year.