YouTube cuts ties with Logan Paul after suicide victim video

The vlogger posted a 15-minute video from Japan’s Aokigahara forest, known as the “Suicide Forest.”

  • Thursday, January 11, 2018 3:23pm
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By Kate Feldman / New York Daily News

Logan Paul has lost his YouTube show after the vlogger posted a video with an apparent suicide victim.

The streaming app announced Wednesday that Paul will be cut from “Foursome,” the YouTube Red comedy that premiered its third season in November.

His YouTube Red movie “The Thinning: New World Order,” a sequel to his 2016 “The Thinning,” is “on hold,” a spokesperson said.

YouTube also announced it will remove Paul’s channels from Google Preferred, which aggregates top content into “easy-to-buy packages for brand advertisers.”

YouTube is “looking at further consequences” for Paul.

The 22-year-old vlogger posted a 15-minute video from Japan’s Aokigahara forest, known as the “Suicide Forest” for the number of suicides attempted and committed there, on New Year’s Eve.

Six minutes into the video, Paul and his crew came across the body of a young man who appeared to have hung himself from a tree.

Paul took down the video after meeting immediate backlash.

“This is a first for me. I’ve never faced criticism like this before, because I’ve never made a mistake like this before. I’m surrounded by good people and believe I make good decisions, but I’m still a human being. I can be wrong,” he wrote in a Twitter apology.

“I didn’t do it for views. I get views. I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity. That’s never the intention. I intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention and while I thought ‘if this video saves just ONE life, it’ll be worth it,’ I was misguided by shock and awe, as portrayed in the video. I still am.”

He later said that he was “taking time to reflect” and wouldn’t be posting more videos “for now.”

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