YouTube has issued an apology thread on Twitter, addressing the recent upset with Logan Paul.
This month, Logan Paul uploaded a vlog of his trip to Japan. His trip to the Suicide Forest ended badly when he stumbled across, and filmed a victim of suicide who had taken their own life.
Since then, the video has been deleted from YouTube and the complaints have rolled in over the ethics of uploading such footage.
Youtube has published the following on Twitter:
An open letter to our community:
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.
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.
Although the video gained Logan a large increase in subscribers and views (aka more income), the opinion the YouTube community and his followers has turned very negative.