Should Logan Paul Be Banned From YouTube After ‘Suicide Forest’ Video?

Logan Paul was a former Viner who jumped to YouTube after the defunct app closed its services. He was regularly regarded as one of the more popular ‘vloggers’ on YouTube with more than 15 million subscribers. But the 22-year-old viral star caused pandemonium after uploading footage of a dead body onto his YouTube channel.

This rightfully enraged many fans, non-fans and celebrities and people are calling for his termination from YouTube.

Logan was vacationing in Japan when he shared a video of his visit to what is commonly known as the ‘suicide forest.’

Aokigahara is an 11.5 square mile forest that resides on the slopes of Mt. Fuji. The national park is called the ‘suicide forest’ because ‘people can easily get lost there, and know they won’t be found for a long time.’

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It has been reported that more than 100 bodies are found inside the forest every year.


Logan started off his vlog in his usual upbeat and cheerful way but was seen wearing a Toy Story alien hat when he entered the forest. Despite showing the dead body, it might have been him and his friend’s reactions that garnered so much hate online.


As the group of friends discovered the dead body, they can be seen laughing and smiling in the background. Furthermore, the group seemed to be more interested in creating content for their channels as opposed to notifying the authorities.


The video was removed from YouTube after more than a day online but not before it racked up almost 6.5 million views on YouTube and shot up to number one on the trending charts.


Despite two public apologies many people are calling for him to be banned from YouTube. A Twitter user by the name of Danny went on to the social platform to explain his dismay.

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‘So i make one video about my eating disorder and my entire channel is demonetized forever but logan paul can show a dead body and make fun of suicide and go # 1 on trending.’


Popular content creator, Philip DeFranco, went on Twitter to say: ‘just remember this. Before all the extended community outrage against Logan Paul’s “we found a dead body” video, there was a seemingly uncontested 550-600,000 likes on it. His core audience doesn’t give a f**k. Unless youtube does something, this doesn’t hurt him.’


According to YouTube’s Community Guidelines, any video that displays ‘harmful or dangerous content’ and ‘violent or graphic content’ will be demonetized and then potentially kicked off of YouTube after repeated infringements.


So far a petition on has amassed nearly 175,000 signatures. YouTube has not yet issued a response or a comment.

Logan tweeted an apology over the weekend and then uploaded an apology video onto his YouTube account.


In it, he apologized to the victim’s family and asked his fans to stop defending his actions. ‘It was obviously unplanned and the reactions you saw on tape were raw. I should have never posted the video… The intent is never to be heartless… I made a huge mistake. I don’t expect to be forgiven.’


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