YouTube Have FINALLY Released A Statement About Logan Paul's "Suicide Forest" Controversy
9 January 2018, 22:26 | Updated: 10 January 2018, 14:09
YouTube have broken their silence over Logan Paul's controversial "Suicide Forest" vlog, more than a week after the now-deleted video was uploaded to the platform.
Last week, Logan Paul was condemned by the YouTube community after he shared footage of a suicide victim's body, taken during a trip to Japan, to his YouTube channel. Although Logan apologised, a We The Unicorns video showing more problematic behaviour from his Japan trip went viral on Twitter, resulting in further criticism.
YouTube was also heavily criticised for allowing a vlog showing a dead body to seen on the website.
Creators and fans alike criticised YouTube for not only allowing the video to be shared in the first place, but to also allow monetisation on the video. For many it was seen as a double standard that a vlog featuring footage of a dead body was deemed eligible for advertising when non-adult LGBTQ+ content is often demonetised without warning. This frustration was compounded by the fact that YouTube allowed Logan's vlog to trend worldwide, exposing not only his community of 15,000,000 (mostly young) fans to graphic and distressing content, but potentially millions more who access the Trending page.
"This is an all time low," said YouTuber Chad Wild Clay.
Logan Paul cracks jokes in front of a hanging suicide victim and in 24 hours gets 6 million views, 500k likes, gains 57k subs, and no action from YouTube other than putting it on trending page.— Chad Wild Clay (@chadwildclay) January 2, 2018
This is an all time low for not only YouTube but for society.
Ah fuck it, just shut YouTube down. It’s for the best. Time to wrap this up.— Thomas "TomSka" Ridgewell (@thetomska) January 2, 2018
Today, YouTube addressed the controversy in a series of tweets.
Describing their statement as an "open letter" to the YouTube community, YouTube acknowledged that they had taken longer than expected to respond: "Many of you have been frustrated with our lack of communication recently. You're right to be," they wrote.
"Like many others, we were upset by the video that was shared last week,' they continued, before stating that a suicide should never be "a driving force for views."
YouTube went on to confirm that Logan's video "violated" the site's community guidelines, and assured followers that they were looking at "further consequnces" for Logan.
"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," they concluded.
An open letter to our community:— YouTube (@YouTube) January 9, 2018
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.— YouTube (@YouTube) January 9, 2018
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
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.— YouTube (@YouTube) January 9, 2018
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.— YouTube (@YouTube) January 9, 2018
Some followers called out YouTube for not holding themselves accountable in the statement.
One tweeter responded, "but YouTube you put that vid on trending," while YouTuber Bryan Mendivil criticised them for taking nine days to respond to the situation.
"Fix the platform cause [sic] from my eyes it’s going down hill from here," he said.
but youtube you put that vid on trending— jedwa3 (@jedwa14) January 9, 2018
Don’t take 9 days to respond how about that. Fix the platform cause from my eyes it’s going down hill from here. Do better for us.— Bryan (@TheFamousFilms) January 9, 2018