TrollStation has been suspended following a reported trademark claim over their logo.
The UK-based prank channel, known for their controversial public pranks and so-called “social experiments”, was suspended on the evening of Tuesday May 3rd – apparently without any prior notice to the owners of the channel.
TrollStation features an ensemble of prankers, most notably Danh “DigiDan” Van Le, who was jailed for nine months earlier this year after an attempted “bomb hoax” prank. The channel also made headlines this week after they filmed themselves smoking weed on the London Eye to celebrate 4/20.
Members of the channel have also been threatened by London Metropolitan Police, who believe that their efforts to create prank content for their 700,000+ subscribers could lead to them “being shot”.
The prank channel has also clashed with the UK YouTube community in the past – including an instance where Dodie Clark accidentally appeared in one of their videos while calling the police, over what she believed was a vicious attack on another woman, and subsequently had the video removed.
According to BuzzFeed News, the trademark claim that resulted in the channel’s suspension was over the channel’s logo, which depicts the well-known silhouette of a Troll doll. Dreamworks Animation currently owns the rights to “Trolls”; but TrollStation “CEO” Endrit Ferizoli believes the claim came from someone formerly involved with the channel.
It is believed that this could be someone known as “Bagman”, an apparent former TrollStation collaborator who has recently dedicated their own channel to “exposing” the fakeness of the channel’s pranks.
According to TrollStation’s Twitter, the channel will apparently be reinstated within the next 48 hours.