YouTube Finally Spoke Out About Logan Paul’s “Suicide Forest” Video And Twitter Is NOT Here For Their Statement

Emily Gadsby
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Finally breaking their week-and-a-half long radio silence over the infamous “suicide forest” vlog, video-sharing juggernaut YouTube issued an official statement regarding the Logan Paul controversy. With Paul touted as one of the platform’s top earners, their silence following his decision to mock and exploit the body of a suicide victim was seen by the general public as yet another example of a top company doing whatever it takes (no matter how despicable) to protect their investment. 

With their recently-introduced  censorship guidelines, many were amazed at the fact that Paul was able to both freely upload a video containing the hanging body of a suicide victim and use that same graphic image for the vlog’s thumbnail. No longer able to hide from the public outcry, the company issued a series of statements condemning Paul’s behavior and “apologizing” for their silence on the matter. 

“Like many others, we were upset by the video that was shared last week,” a spokesperson for YouTube wrote in the five-tweet-long thread. “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 , as we’re sure you do too,” they continued. “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.”

Without hesitation, users were quick to highlight the fact that YouTube did not in fact “act accordingly” as they claimed to have done– Paul’s channel still boasts millions of subscribers and no punishments were issued to the 22-year-old vlogger.

“YouTube’s tweets about Logan Paul are total hypocrisy,” wrote singer-songwriter Sebastiano Serafini. they could temporary block his account while they are deciding what to do. However in reality they are making too much $$$ out of him to take some real actions: DISGUSTING !”

Said best by one Twitter critic, “doing nothing is NOT acting accordingly.” 

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