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YouTube Finally Speaks Out About Controversial Logan Paul Video

14 January 2018, 01:09 | Israel Caldwell

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If Logan Paul still doesn't realize how much he effed up by posting a video that featured the dead body of a man who committed suicide in a Japanese forest, hopefully the ramifications will help him understand.

YouTube said the images violated its policies. Many apparently believe YouTube needs to remove Paul's channel permanently, although given the growing proliferation of robot tweets in the Twitterverse, it's really hard to say which critics are real and which ones are Memorex.

For those unfamiliar with the whole debacle, the YouTuber posted a video on December 31, showing a suicide victim in Japan's Aokigahara Forest, commonly referred to as "Suicide Forest".

YouTube, which is facing growing condemnation for an increasing number of videos containing graphic or inappropriate content being uploaded to the platform, conceded this week that it took a long time to respond to public outrage. It's also shaken the mini digital empire the 22-year-old Paul built out of his prank-and-stunt-filled daily missives on YouTube watched by millions of followers, many of them tweens, teens and kids.

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That woman, who was never harmed, and Zengotita-Torres, who was married and the mother of a 14-year-old boy, were co-workers. Investigators say the suspects continued to rob and kill Zengotita-Torres even after they realized she was the wrong target.


Asked whether YouTube would consider working with Paul again in the future, Kyncl did not rule anything out. Even as the Logan Paul controversy continues, other YouTubers are uploading videos highlighting live, illegal activities (trespassing and breaking and entering) on the service without any effect whatsoever. Amid the Paul flap-up and other brand safety concerns, YouTube is reportedly reimagining its Google Preferred ad package, and will henceforth vet channels using human and technological moderation.

Many of you have been frustrated with our lack of communication recently. Kyncl didn't shut YouTube's door on Paul. YouTube severed ties with Paul less than two weeks later.

YouTube said Wednesday it is removing Paul from its Google Preferred platform and putting future projects with him on hold. "Additionally, we will not feature Logan in Season 4 of "Foursome" and his new originals are on hold".

YouTube said it would soon announce steps to protect advertisers from having their products connected to controversial material.



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