YouTube cuts ties with suicide vid blogger
YouTube has cut ties with blogger Logan Paul after backlash from a controversial video he posted on December 31 that included footage of a person who died from a suicide.
"In light of recent events, we have decided to remove Logan Paul's channels from Google Preferred," a YouTube spokesperson said.
YouTube received backlash for its delayed response, waiting 11 days to address Paul's video. The video, which received six million views before being taken down, immediately ignited a social media firestorm.Kesha makes powerful statement at 2018 Grammy Awards
The video had featured a blurred image of a man apparently hanging from a tree in Japan's so-called "suicide forest", Aokigahara.
Paul apologised for the content in a video and tweeted that he was taking a break from posting online content.
"Suicide is not a joke," Paul said after deleting the video. "Depression and mental illness are not a joke. We came here with an intent to focus on the haunted aspect of the forest. This obviously just became very real, and obviously a lot of people are going through a lot of s--t in their lives."Did Angelina Jolie shade Jennifer Aniston at the 2018 Golden Globes?
The YouTube star has more than 15 million subscribers on his account. His page has not been suspended or deleted yet.