YouTube may have actually cleared Logan Paul’s recent video of a suicide victim in Japan, and allowed it to be uploaded, but is he getting away with it? Nope.
One does not simply walk into Japan’s suicide forest, film a recent suicide victim, upload the video, apologise for it, and walk away unscathed. After the public uproar that followed when Logan Paul did that very stupid thing on December 31, YouTube is now taking action. The move to cut ties with the vlogger comes just days after the company actually issued its own statement on the incident.
So, what’s on the menu for Paul? Well, for one, he’s being removed from YouTube’s premium ad program – Google Preferred. It’s exactly because Logan Paul has 15 million subscribers, that he was part of that program, and now he’s out. The company has also said that it will put some other projects with him on the back-burner, including season four of Foursome and other original shows that were scheduled. We don’t know however, whether YouTube will be removing him from the YouTube Partner Program – the advertising program that creators with over 10k views can enter.
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."
— YouTube (@YouTube) January 9, 2018
Is YouTube‘s action severe? Sure it is. Is is fair? You can be the judge of that, but we can all agree that Paul should be penalised in some way. In light of its recent struggles to police inappropriate content on its platform, YouTube wasn’t going to let this slide. A few days later, the company responded on Twitter, saying
[quote]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.”[/quote]
And while it admitted it had taken its time, the company also announced it will “have more to share soon on steps [it’s] taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again.” Let’s just see about that.
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