Eleven days after Logan Paul posted (and ultimately removed) his controversial video shot in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, YouTube has finally acted.
As a refresher, Logan Paul posted a video that featured a visit to Japan’s Aokigahara forest, also known as the “Suicide Forest.” Paul and his friends came across the body of a man who had recently taken his own life, and Paul decided to continue filming–and show the man’s body–and ultimately edit and upload the video. Understandably, the video was met by a fair amount of backlash.
However, YouTube was shockingly silent in the face of the outcry. Finally, on January 9, the company issued a series of tweets that apologized for the silence.
An open letter to our community:
Many of you have been frustrated with our lack of communication recently. You’re right to be. You deserve to know what's going on.
— YouTube (@YouTube) January 9, 2018
YouTube agreed that suicide wasn’t a joke, shouldn’t be used for clicks, and seconded the opinion given by many viewers that Paul made a series of bad choices by visiting the forest with a camera, filming throughout the experience, editing the video, uploading it, and creating a thumbnail featuring the body. They promised to explain further consequences later.
We now know how YouTube plans to react to Paul’s video. Variety reports that the platform has removed Paul’s videos from Google Preferred Ads, and have put all of his YouTube Red projects on hold. He’s also received a community strike (three strikes in three months cause the user’s account to be deleted).
While some hoped the platform would delete Paul’s channel outright, YouTube’s reaction seems on par with their past responses to controversial and upsetting vidos. Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg, another prominent YouTuber, faced similar consequences when he made Nazi jokes and used the N word in his videos.
For his part, Paul has issued two apology videos, and has taken some time off from making videos to “reflect.” Hopefully, if he returns to creating content, he’ll avoid making similar mistakes in the future.
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If you or someone you know is fighting suicidal thoughts, the suicide hotline in the U.S. is 1-800-273-8255, Candadians can visit the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention website for crisis center information, and Samaritan offers crisis support in the U.K. when you call 116 123 or email [email protected] Remember, you’re not alone!