YouTube offers non-apology over Logan Paul controversy

Logan Paul has since apologized for the video which he filmed in a forest in Japan known for its suicides

Logan Paul has since apologized for the video which he filmed in a forest in Japan known for its suicides

A week after internet star Logan Paul caused a social media firestorm by apparently showing a suicide victim in a video, YouTube has released a statement that said the company was "upset" by the content of Paul's post. You're right to be.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, YouTube acknowledged their silence on the video post, adding that their users "deserve to know what's going on".

'Suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views.

Paul, who commands over 15 million subscribers on the platform, was labelled by viewers and other high-profile YouTubers as callous, careless, and in violation of basic human decency.

The video was recorded in a Japanese forest known as a location that attracts people considering suicide.

A YouTube spokeswoman did not immediately respond to request for further comment. "You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness".

OCT. 22 1998 FILE
Paul filmed the video in the Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mount Fuji Japan

Within the community of prominent YouTube creators, many of whom make a living by making videos, there is curiosity and concern about what YouTube might do next.

"We expect more of the creators who build their community on YouTube, as we're sure you do too", the company said. "The channel violated our community guidelines, we acted accordingly, and we are looking at further consequences".

The statement spans five tweets and ends by saying the site will reveal steps it's taking to prevent this from happening again.

The "open letter" thread appeared to be a response to the recent controversy over Logan Paul's dead body video, but it was vague, oblique and the opposite of any definition of "open".

The buzz surrounding Paul's video put new emphasis on the brand-safety concerns the Google-owned video site has faced over the a year ago. But as of publication, Logan Paul's channel is still on YouTube, so whatever.

If you or a loved one is considering suicide or would like emotional support, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free and confidential resource available to you.

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