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Why Logan Paul needs to be held accountable


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For those who are blissfully unaware of YouTube goings-on, Logan Paul is one of those YouTubers that have a massive following of tweens but are responded to with eye rolls by the rest of the website's users. He and his brother were having a great 2017 whilst everyone else was getting their advertising cut and videos blocked to young audiences, whether or not (usually not) they deserved it. But his latest video has struck a nerve, and shouldn't be ignored.

Entitled “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…”, said video involved the 22 year old YouTube star visiting Japan's Aokigahara forest at the base of Mount Fuji. There, Paul and his camera crew walked around, cracking jokes and voyeuristically recording the whole process. This included stumbling across the body of a man who had recently committed suicide, and merely blurring out his face whilst continuing to film. He even joked “what, you never stand next to a dead guy?” with his cameraman whilst doing so. More details about the video (and the responses to it) can be found at our news article, here.

What were Logan Paul, his camera crew and his video editor thinking? Want to know a tactless way to discuss suicide, as the YouTuber later claimed he was trying to do in his online apology? This would probably be the dictionary definition. It's a proven fact that showing examples of suicide is extremely triggering (yes, I said the word, no, you don't get to make fun) to suicidal teens. "I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity"... Yeah, right.

YouTube needs to take charge and do something about this, because taking down the video and making a weak apology to your legion of fans isn't enough, Logan. You need to be held accountable for your actions, notably posting images of a dead body that popped up into the subscription feeds of 10 year olds without warning. This, combined with last year's PewDiePie scandal, shows that the website's shining stars need to be kept on a tighter leash, as they can post videos of dead bodies and only see how wrong it is when they start getting backlash from their contemporaries. If his platform remains intact despite this obvious misstep, that's a dangerous precedent to set. 

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