YouTube Finally Responds to the Logan Paul Controversy, Issues Reprimands

Pablo Tucker
January 12, 2018

YouTube has initiated a series of actions against popular vlogger Logan Paul following his controversial video that depicted a dead body hanging from a tree in a so-called "suicide forest" situated in Japan.

Netizens recently called out Paul after he posted a video taken from Aokigahara park in Japan, which is commonly known as "Suicide Forest" among tourists.

Paul was also removed from Google Preferred, a premium advertising scheme on videos by the most popular YouTubers. He will not be featured in season 4 of Foursome. Before last year's Upfronts, YouTube's better-than-TV pitch was already marred by rare but jarring combinations of wholesome brand marketing and offensive videos.

Additionally, Paul received a strike from YouTube.

The corporation acknowledged the anger by starting a tweet response on January 9 with the sentence: "Many of you have been frustrated with our lack of communication recently".

On Tuesday, YouTube released a statement on its Twitter page indicating Paul would be penalized for sharing the inappropriate video with his 15 million subscribers. Many have also pointed out that the video was, in fact, taken down voluntarily by Paul and not by YouTube.

There is something deeply disturbing about the notion that this is where civilization has brought us - to an epoch in which 22-year-olds are visiting suicide sites to make unfiltered reaction videos in search of YouTube clicks and money.

But Paul continues to face strong criticism for the apparent suicide victim video as well as other video blogs he published during his visit to Japan. It issued a "strike" against Paul's channel for violating it community guidelines after the posting.

Logan Paul, the social media influencer with millions of followers across several social media platforms, has finally been punished by Google and YouTube. It further goes on to add, "Suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views". The Preferred Program, however, happens to be a more exclusive grouping which acts as a guarantee of sorts for advertisers to expect quality video content. The company then indicated that it would look at "further consequences" and would share more soon about "steps we're taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again".

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