YouTube Finally Responds To Logan Paul’s Controversial “Suicide Forest” Video

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It’s been more than a week since popular YouTuber Logan Paul shared his controversial video featuring an apparent suicide victim, but just recently, the site has issued a statement. Although the video has already been removed from YouTube — and they released an initial statement addressing fans’ concerns — this is the first time they’re confirming that Logan did, in fact, breach community guidelines.

Their latest statement came in the form of a series of tweets in an effort to keep users updated on what’s going on. It sounds like they haven’t quite decided what consequences Logan will face beyond the removal of the video (and the public basically canceling him!), but his channel — and its more than 15 million subscribers — remains intact.

“Like many others, we were upset by the video that was shared last week,” the tweets began. “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.'”

They continued:

The video, which Logan shared on January 1, was filmed in the Aokigahara forest in Japan, a popular destination for those seeking to end their lives that’s been nicknamed the ‘Suicide Forest’ for that exact reason. In the video, Logan stumbled across someone who appeared to have recently hanged himself, and after finding the body he can be seen laughing — as his friends are — and joking, saying, “You’ve never stood next to a dead guy before?”

Obviously, Logan received a ton of backlash for his video, and it didn’t take long for him to issue an apology on Twitter. “I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity,” he wrote on January 2. “That’s never the intention. I intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention and while I thought, ‘if this video saves just one life, it’ll be worth it,’ I was misguided by shock and awe, as portrayed in the video. I still am.”

However, his apology hasn’t done much to  help the criticism he’s facing, especially in light of other shocking videos he’s shared in the past. Some people are calling for him to be removed from YouTube for good, while some of his fans have remained loyal to him.

Hopefully, YouTube will figure out the right steps to take soon — not just for Logan, but also to prevent any other YouTubers from sharing content like this again. Like they said in their statement, suicide is not a joke, and topics like this need to be treated seriously and respectfully.