Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

YouTube condemns Logan Paul controversy but won't take any responsibility for it

YouTube condemns Logan Paul controversy but won't take any responsibility for it

The video showed Logan Paul, a YouTuber with more than 15 million subscribers, and his friends who he was traveling with, entering Aokigahara, a forest in Japan and coming upon a dead body.

YouTube's staff recently released a post in which conveys its apology for Logan Paul's controversial Japanese suicide forest video. The film was a sequel to Paul's hit YouTube Red thriller The Thinning and was expected to air later this year.

Logan Paul, the social media influencer with millions of followers across several social media platforms, has finally been punished by Google and YouTube.

The new approach will be applied to videos that are part of Google Preferred, a set of popular YouTube channels Google sells to advertisers at a higher prices, these people said.

YouTube's punishment was announced Wednesday, Jan. 10 - more than a week after Paul's video was uploaded.

Initially YouTube issued a "Community Guidelines strike" against Paul. A call was made for Paul to be penalized severely by YouTube for uploading the video. The statement continued by saying that suicide is not a laughing matter and that the tragedy should not be something that brings more views to the site.

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But YouTube's Twitter remarks aren't the only thing Paul will have to deal with. You deserve to know what's going on. That doesn't preclude him from running ads like many YouTube channels do, but likely means lower CPMs than those that Preferred creators see.

The first video prompted another apology from Paul, where he commented on his severe lapse of judgment and doesn't expect forgiveness.

YouTube issued its original statement above, and, a few days later, the company said it was looking into "further consequences" for Paul. It promised to "share soon on steps we're taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again".

YouTube's decision to cut off some ties may not be enough for some critics, who demanded Paul be completely banned from their platform.

Part of Logan Paul's video schtick includes worldwide travel, where he goes to other places and interacts with locals in various brash, if not offensive, ways. "I'm simply here to apologize", he said on the more somber video apology uploaded on YouTube and Twitter Jan. 2. Additionally, the streaming site went on to say that they prohibit the gory content that Paul shared.

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