YouTube have publicly apologised for the fall-out over Logan Paul’s controversial “suicide forest” video, which appeared to show an apparent suicide victim.
Paul was slammed online following the publishing of the video – which was filmed in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest, a notorious suicide hotspot – on YouTube on December 31, with stars including Sophie Turner and Aaron Paul leading the criticism. Paul deleted the video a few days afterwards, and has since uploaded both a written and a video apology for his actions.
YouTube have now issued their apology in an open letter, with the statement condemning Paul’s actions and clarifying that they had “acted accordingly, and are looking at further consequences”.
“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 statement begins.
“Like many others, we were upset by the video that was shared last week. 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.’
“We expect more of the creators who build their community on YouTube, as we’re sure you do too. The channel violated our community guidelines, we acted accordingly, and we are looking at further consequences.
“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.”
Last weekend, more footage from Paul’s controversial trip to Japan was widely shared online, showing the shamed star partaking in a wide range of seemingly racially-motivated and inappropriate behaviours.
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