Should Logan Paul be banned from YouTube after ‘suicide forest’ video?


YouTuber Logan Paul has apologized twice for posting a video of a dead body while filming in an area of Japan known as the “suicide forest.” Now people are calling for him to be banned from YouTube.

The video, which reportedly racked up more than 6 million views and was on YouTube’s trending page before being removed, has been roundly criticized by fans, non-fans, and fellow YouTubers. Even more troubling, many of Paul’s fans are teens (and younger) who could potentially be struggling with their own suicidal thoughts or mental health issues.

Paul apologized again on Tuesday morning via his social media. He apologized to the victim’s family, asked his fans to stop defending his actions, and said that the goal of his work is to provide inclusive entertainment.

“It was obviously unplanned and the reactions you saw on tape were raw,” Paul said. “I should have never posted the video… The intent is never to be heartless… I made a huge mistake. I don’t expect to be forgiven.”

According to YouTube’s Community Guidelines, the video potentially violates its policies on “harmful or dangerous content” and “violent or graphic content.” But people are calling on YouTube to go a step further than a potential strike and kick him off YouTube, and a petition is circulating demanding his channel be deleted.

We’ve reached out to YouTube for comment.

H/T BuzzFeed

For more information about suicide prevention or to speak with someone confidentially, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.) or Samaritans (U.K.).

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