YouTube has finally released a statement to the public regarding Logan Paul’s video which showed a suicide victim.
Last week, Paul uploaded a video showing the dead body of a man who had taken his own life in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, often called the “Suicide Forest.” Paul eventually removed the video, apologized, and said he was taking a break from vlogging .
More than 400,000 people have signed a Change.org petition asking YouTube to remove Paul’s channel. As of this article’s publishing, Paul has approximately 15.6 million subscribers on YouTube.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, YouTube made a public statement about Paul’s video and the response from people around the world.
Here is YouTube’s statement in full:
“An open letter to our community:
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. 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.’
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.
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.”
The statement references Anna Akana, an actress and comedian whose tweet to Logan Paul about her family’s experience with suicide went viral.
“Dear [Logan Paul], When my brother found my sister’s body, he screamed with horror [and] confusion [and] grief [and] tried to save her,” Akana wrote. “That body was a person someone loved. You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness.”
When my brother found my sister’s body, he screamed with horror & confusion & grief & tried to save her. That body was a person someone loved.
You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness.
— Anna Akana (@AnnaAkana) January 2, 2018