Youtube has finally spoken out against the controversial ‘suicide video’ posted by vlogger Logan Paul.
The video sharing platform says Paul’s video – which showed him making jokes about a dead body hanging from a tree in the Aokigahara so-called ‘suicide forest’ – violated its community guidelines, and that it is looking into “further consequences” for Paul.
In a series of tweets framed as an open letter, YouTube said it was “upset” by the video and stated “suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views”. The company also apologised to those “frustrated with our lack of communication” about Paul’s film.
Since sharing the video – which has now been taken down – the 22-year-old YouTuber has posted an apology, citing “a severe and continuous lapse” in judgement.
Paul has since tweeted he’ll be taking a break from vlogging to take “time to reflect”.
Paul has over 15 million YouTube subscribers and makes an estimated $7.8 million per year from advertising on the site, according to calculations by Naibuzz.