The Logan Paul controversy shook the internet, especially the YouTube lovers, massively. It all started after a popular YouTuber — Logan Paul with over 15 million subscribers posted a video of an apparent suicide victim shot at Japan’s Suicide Forest. Although the video was removed within 24 hours, it managed to garner over 1 million views and the viewer expressed disappointment on uploading such an eye-hurting video on YouTube. Until now, YouTube was quite and didn’t respond to the controversy at any point, but now, the video-sharing platform has finally opened up to say that Logan Paul’s channel has indeed violated their community guidelines and they are looking at further consequences.
YouTube on Tuesday posted an open letter on Twitter which started with — “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.” The video sharing platform further expressed their disappointment and said that like others, YouTube is also extremely upset by the video that was shared last week
To brush up, YouTube’s guidelines specifically states that “it’s not okay to post violent or gory content that’s primarily intended to be shocking, sensational, or disrespectful.” But in this case – YouTube, as of now, hasn’t taken any necessary measures again Logan Paul – and surprisingly the channel still exists on the platform. However, YouTube via a series of tweets has assured to take necessary action against this dreadful act as they say “we’ll have more to share soon on steps we’re taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again.”
YouTube also asks other video creators who build their community on YouTube to be more responsible while posting anything on the platforms as they say – “We expect more of the creators who build their community on @YouTube, as we’re sure you do too.” It further goes on to add, “Suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views. As Anna Akana put it perfectly: “That body was a person someone loved. You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness”.”
The video was shot at Aokigahara, a forest in Japan known for suicides. The video was posted and titled “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest” while the thumbnail of which was of Paul standing next to a blurred out dead body. The video is no longer available on YouTube. Soon after the video went viral and people started posting hateful comments, Logan said that he originally intended to focus on the haunted aspect of the forest and was trying to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.
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