Will YouTube Actually Ban Logan Paul?
3 January 2018, 16:37
Is it time for YouTube to swing the ban hammer?
As the backlash continues against Logan Paul for his now infamous 'suicide forest video' (full story here) there have been increasingly loud calls from viewers and YouTubers alike for Logan to be flat-out banned from the platform.
RT if you think logan paul and jake paul deserve to be banned from youtube and any other social media platforms there are— i like turtles (@assiftam) January 2, 2018
RT this if Logan Paul should be permanently banned from YouTube #loganpaulisoverparty— Isabella🐢 (@tatortotdolan) January 2, 2018
Please @YouTube stand up & protect the kids watching content on ur platform. Their parents don’t know what videos u allow to pop up after they watch innocent videos. No child should’ve seen what they did on Logan Paul’s channel. No adults either for that matter. Plz Do Something— Kandee Johnson (@kandeejohnson) January 3, 2018
I don’t know what im more disgusted by, @LoganPaul initial video, his soulless apology, the fact that so many others are now using his video as content for their channels or @YouTube for not removing him from the platform.— Carly Rowena (@CarlyRowena) January 2, 2018
Can YouTube remove Logan?
In a word: yes. YouTube is a private service that has clear terms of service. Showing a real suicide victim's dead body is an immediate and extreme violation of YouTube's terms of service. It is content that is graphic, disrespectful, alarming, triggering - the list really just goes on and on.
This is only compounded by the other appalling elements of the video:
- The fact that Logan did not have permission from the person's family to show the body
- The fact he barely censored the body and did nothing to present the body in a dignified way.
- The fact he put the body in the video thumbnail.
- The fact the body in the thumbnail was barely censored, to the point where you could clearly make out the body and the rope.
- The fact that YouTube allowed the video to rise to number one on the trending page.
- The fact that YouTube didn't even remove the video after huge complaints (Logan himself removed it).
If you're going to go purely by the rules - YouTube's own rules, it would make perfect sense to ban Logan from the platform, or to delete his channels, restrict his content... to do something.
Will YouTube remove Logan?
Why? Because he's too big and the platform needs him. He makes money. That's it.
Donald Trump has violated the Twitter's terms of service time and time again and Twitter allows him to remain. They say this is because of his position, but it is also because he is incredibly good for business. The same goes for Logan. YouTube needs Logan like Logan needs YouTube. He pulls in viewers day after day, and profit with it. No company would willingly slaughter a cash cow like that.
Perhaps I'm being a cynic, but I have zero faith in YouTube's ability to step up and deal with this. Seeing as the site spent most of 2017 censoring and demonetising harmless LGBTQ+ videos while simultaneously allowing both extreme far right videos and worrying children's videos to propagate the site.
But hey, it's a new year, perhaps we will be pleasantly surprised.