Video streaming site Youtube has responded to the controversy surrounding popular web personality Logan Paul and the video he posted showing a suicide victim in Japan. The service has removed Paul’s channel from its Google Preferred ad program and put a hold on the channel’s Youtube Red original video projects.
On Tuesday, Youtube also took to Twitter to post an open letter directed toward its community. “Many of you have been frustrated with our lack of communication recently,” the service wrote. “You’re right to be. You deserve to know what’s going on. 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.”
The platform promised that it is looking into further consequences for Paul and his Youtube channel, which enjoys over 15 million followers. “It’s taken us a long time to respond, but we’ve been listening to everything you’ve been saying,” Youtube said. “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.”
The statement comes over a week after the video streaming platform’s rather indifferent response to the matter, when it stated how it prohibits violent or gory content. Many users found YouTube’s reaction lukewarm, and the service has since been receiving criticisms, along with Paul, as a result.
Near the end of last month, Paul posted a video of himself and his friends showing how they discovered the body of a suicide victim in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, which is famously called suicide forest.
In the video, Paul showed the body hanging from a tree. The face of the person was blurred, but the hands, clothes, and belongings were filmed. The video received immediate backlash across the internet, with many noting that a chunk of Paul’s following in Youtube are minors. The video has since been taken down, and Paul has issued numerous statements of apology.