YouTuber Logan Paul posted an apology on Monday for importing a video that included footage of a useless physique.
The video was filmed throughout a visit to Aokigahara forest on the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan, a web site the place a excessive variety of suicides happen. The video confirmed Paul and his buddies reacting with shock and making jokes after discovering an obvious suicide. The video, posted Sunday, featured pictures of the useless physique and had tens of millions of views earlier than being faraway from YouTube.
In an apology on Twitter, the vlogger mentioned he did not submit the video for consideration or views. “I did it as a result of I assumed I may make a constructive ripple on the web, not trigger a monsoon of negativity,” he wrote.
In a press release, YouTube mentioned it prohibits violent or gory content material that is not supported by “applicable academic” data:
“Our hearts exit to the household of the individual featured within the video. YouTube prohibits violent or gory content material posted in a surprising, sensational or disrespectful method. If a video is graphic, it could solely stay on the location when supported by applicable academic or documentary data and in some instances it is going to be age-gated. We companion with security teams such because the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline to offer academic assets which are included in our YouTube Security Heart.”
The video drew widespread criticism from followers, celebrities and different YouTubers, with Paul’s title trending globally on YouTube on Monday.
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