Following Paul's recent video in which he and his friends laughed at the body of a man who'd committed suicide in Japan's Aokigahara Forest, uproar and widespread disgust has raged among viewers, and he was called out on social media in what can only be called a PR disaster for YouTube. "You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness, '" YouTube said.
YouTube assured its audience that in addition to dishing out consequences for Logan, it will also be taking steps to prevent something like this from happening again. 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. 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. "I want to make sure that we all recognize that a few missteps don't spoil the work of all the other hardworking creators on YouTube".
The backlash over the suicide video, which showed a dead body hanging from a tree in what's known as "suicide forest", has raised questions about YouTube's lax approach to videos uploaded to the service.
Many of you have been frustrated with our lack of communication recently. A petition on Change.org demanded that Paul's YouTube channel be deleted. Its decision comes more than a week after Paul posted the video, and YouTube received heavy criticism during this time for not removing the channel and not issuing a statement sooner to express its regret to the family of the victim.
"Through its decision to cut ties with Logan Paul, YouTube is sending a clear message to influencers that they will be held responsible for their actions and that they need to think twice before sharing content that could be considered offensive or inappropriate", Dahan said in an email.
"In light of recent events, we have chose to remove Logan Paul's channels from Google Preferred", a YouTube spokeswoman said in a statement earlier this week. "Additionally, we will not feature Logan in season four of "Foursome" and his new Originals are on hold".