YouTube has written an open letter to its users over Logan Paul’s controversial suicide video. The open letter addressed Paul’s video titled “We Found a Dead Body in Japan’s Suicide Forest.”
The celeb’s video of a ‘Japanese suicide forest’ seems to make light of the situation and he faced a lot of heat from many people. Paul, after deleting the video, had defended his position stating that he uploaded the video which shows a dead body hanging in a distance was to create an “awareness” about the mental state of many people in Japan. However, many people don’t buy that argument and even questioned YouTube’s “silence” on the issue. The video sharing website finally responded today to address the issue in an open letter via Twitter.
However, the YouTube fails to mention Paul by name nor what penalties he might face. It is unlikely that Paul would be banned from the platform, says Jesicca, a Twitter user who is an expert on cyber law.
Here’s the full texts of YouTube’s open letter:
Many of you have been frustrated with our lack of communication recently. You’re right to be. You deserve to know what’s going on.
Like many others, we were upset by the video that was shared last week.
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.”
We expect more of the creators who build their community on @YouTube, as we’re sure you do too. The channel violated our community guidelines, we acted accordingly, and we are looking at further consequences.
It’s taken us a long time to respond, but we’ve been listening to everything you’ve been saying. We know that the actions of one creator can affect the entire community, so we’ll have more to share soon on steps we’re taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again.
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
Paul, who has gone offline for a while, has apologized for his action in a video posted on Twitter.
So sorry. pic.twitter.com/JkYXzYsrLX
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018