After ‘suicide forest’ video, YouTube cuts ties with vlogger Logan Paul

Shara Mae Balce
PUBLISHED January 11, 2018 05:17 pm

(Inside Manila) The video hosting site YouTube has removed American vlogger Logan Paul’s channel from its premiere ad service, Google Preferred.


In a Tweet on January 9, YouTube’s verified account posted an open letter to the public: “Like many others, we were upset by the video that was shared last week,” it tweeted.


“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,” it added.


YouTube was referring to Paul’s “suicide forest” vlog that was posted on his channel more than a week ago showing a corpse hanging from a tree in Japan’s Aokigahara forest. It was widely known as one of the world’s most popular suicide sites.


The controversial video drew ire from netizens and the rest of YouTube community. However, the American vlogger apologized for the “misguided” video saying he was “ashamed” and “disappointed” in himself.


He added that his intention was to raise suicide awareness and prevention thinking that he "could make a positive ripple on the Internet."


On the other hand, YouTube said “It’s taken us a long time to respond, but we’ve been listening to everything you’ve been saying. We know that the actions of one creator can affect the entire community, so we’ll have more to share soon on steps we’re taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again.”

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