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YouTube Finally Responds to Logan Paul Suicide Video Controversy

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It’s been over a week since Logan Paul stupidly decided to venture into Japan’s Aokigahara forest and record a video that included the dead body of a man who had committed suicide. While countless people, including celebrities and fellow YouTubers, spoke out about the situation, YouTube itself remained quiet. Until now, that is.

YouTube finally responded to both the criticism it faced in the wake of the controversy and the 22-year-old’s actions in an open letter posted on Twitter yesterday.

“Many of you have been frustrated with our lack of communication recently,” YT started a series of tweets. “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.'”

The statement then went on to speak about what’s going to happen to Logan, who’s currently on a break from vlogging but plans to come back soon, as a result of his upload.

The open letter continued, “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.”

Many people call for Logan’s channel to be deleted completely, but only time will tell which (if any) “consequences” he will face.

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