YouTube cuts ties with internet star Logan Paul over ‘suicide forest’ video

YouTube cuts ties with internet star Logan Paul over ‘suicide forest’ video

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YouTube has cut ties with US internet star Logan Paul following his controversial video showing the body of a suicide victim.

The company said it had suspended its original projects with the 22-year-old vlogger, who has more than 15 million subscribers, and he would no longer appear in its comedy series Foursome.

Paul’s channels have also been removed from YouTube’s Google Preferred platform, which features its most popular content in packages for sale to advertisers.

It follows the huge backlash over Paul’s video entitled “We found a dead body in the Japanese suicide forest”, which showed him and his friends laughing at the body of a man hanging in Japan’s Aokigahara forest.

Paul later apologised for the clip, which was viewed more than a million times before it was taken down, saying it was “wrong” and “misguided”.

A YouTube spokesman said: “In light of recent events, we have decided to remove Logan Paul’s channels from Google Preferred.

“Additionally, we will not feature Logan in season four of Foursome and his new originals are on hold.”

In an open letter earlier this week, YouTube said “suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views”.

The site added that Paul’s video violated its guidelines and it was “looking at further consequences”.

Paul has not posted any videos in the past week, saying he was “taking time to reflect.”

He posted an apology following criticism of the controversial video, saying he “should have put the cameras down and stopped recording what we were going through”.

The vlogger added : “For my fans who are defending my actions, please don’t. They do not deserve to be defended.

“I’m ashamed of myself. I’m disappointed of myself. I’m promise to be better.”

:: Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123, or email jo@samaritans.org in the UK.

(c) Sky News 2018: YouTube cuts ties with internet star Logan Paul over ‘suicide forest’ video