YouTube cuts ties with Logan Paul over Japan suicide video

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YouTube cuts ties with Logan Paul over Japan suicide video

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Popular video-sharing website YouTube has cut ties with vlogger Logan Paul after he posted a video which showed a suicide victim hanging from a tree in Japan.

The 22-year-old, who faced a global backlash over the clip, said he felt ashamed and did not expect to be forgiven.

Paul’s channels have been removed from YouTube’s Google Preferred programme, where companies can sell adverts on the top 5 per cent of content creators. YouTube has also put original projects with the US star on hold.

 A statement from the company said: “In light of recent events, we have decided to remove Logan Paul’s channels from Google Preferred.

“Additionally, we will not feature Logan in season four of Foursome and his new Originals are on hold.”

The clip uploaded by Paul on December 31, which had millions of views on YouTube before it was taken down, showed the vlogger and his friends discovering the body after filming in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest – which is known to be a frequent site of suicides.

After the video was removed, Paul – who has 15 million YouTube subscribers – posted a written apology to Twitter, saying his intention was to “raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention”.

On Tuesday, YouTube said it was looking at “further consequences” after the posting of the video.

In a series of tweets, the company said: “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.”