One of the YouTube’s famous star Logan Paul – with 15M subscribers – is facing backlash after filming and uploading footage purportedly showing a dead body at one of the “the world’s most popular suicide sites,” the notorious Aokigahara forest in Japan.
In the clip posted on Sunday, the 22-year-old vlogger sets out to explore the “haunted aspect” of the forrest. But things got too real when he and his friends stumble upon an apparent suicide victim.
“This is not clickbait, this is the most real vlog I’ve ever posted to this channel,” Paul said in the video. “I think this definitely marks a moment in YouTube history because I’m pretty sure this has never hopefully happened to anyone on YouTube ever. Now with that said: buckle the fuck up, because you’re never gonna see a video again.”
The video has since been removed.
The footage, though, didn’t show the dead person’s face as it was blurred out, the YouTuber was heard making remarks which viewers condemned as “disrespectful” and “appalling.”
Following the outcry from the community, Paul issued an apology via Twitter.
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
Following the outrage from the users as the video was even trending on the YouTube’s trending page, the company has since come forward with a statement. Here is what the video sharing service had to comment on the matter, as obtained by Philip DeFranco:
I just received an official statement from a contact at @Youtube regarding the outrage and controversy around Logan Paul’s (now self-removed) “We found a dead body” top trending Youtube video.
I’ll save my personal comment for later. Just wanted to pass this along. pic.twitter.com/JNTQDMVvT4
— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) January 2, 2018
In their response, YouTube reminds users that its platform strictly forbids distributing “violent or gory content posted in a shocking, sensational or disrespectful manner.”
Even though YouTube tried to clear the situation, their refusal to come out with a stronger stance has urged some users to question the platform’s policies regarding violent content:
i guess i’m just dumb as hell because this didn’t seem to say anything at all.
— ♡♪!? (@SkyWilliams) January 2, 2018
This is resoundingly hollow when it had literally millions of views and was on the Trending tab, something they so clearly control and influence. Ridiculous statement from a platform that is increasingly finding itself mired in controversy like this under the current leadership.
— Battery Operated Joy 2018 (@Mangaminx) January 2, 2018
If you or anyone you know is considering suicide or experiencing intense feelings of anxiety or depression, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You are not alone.