Social media network YouTube has issued statements regarding its most popular vlogger Logan Paul. Paul faced backlash when he uploaded a controversial video.
Paul's Controversial Video
YouTube vlogger Logan Paul and his friends were in Japan to film adventures for Paul's YouTube channel. The social media superstar would be sharing his experiences with his 15 million YouTube subscribers. However, Paul's Japan adventure came to a massive halt when the social media sensation put up a disturbing video on New Year's Eve 2017. The footage featured Paul and his friends traveling to the Aokigahara region in Japan. According to Japanese folklore, the Aokigahara is known as Japan's Suicide Forest. The video, which initially had 6 million views before Paul's team took it down, featured Paul and his friends encounter apparently a dead body of a suicide victim.
Paul's Backlash And Apology
Paul received a massive backlash for his actions. While the "Logang", Paul's devoted fanbase, did their best to defend their role model, they could not protect Paul from tweets condemning his actions. Actors Aaron Paul and Sophie Turner, along with several YouTube vloggers condemned Paul's decision to post the disturbing video.
On Jan. 1, Paul made an apology statement on Twitter that stated how sorry he was regarding the incident. The vlogger also reported in a lengthy post that he did not weigh the consequences when he posted the controversial video. Two days later, Paul took to Twitter and issued a short statement that he would be taking a hiatus from vlogging to ponder his next move. Paul's Tweet received over 148,000 likes and was retweeted over 17,000 times.
YouTube Speaks Out
About 11 days after Paul posted the video, a YouTube spokesperson took to Twitter to reveal a statement regarding Paul's controversy. The spokesperson addressed the concerns on why the company stayed so silent regarding the situation and added that they were appalled with the video.
"We expect more of the creators who build their community on YouTube, as we're sure you do too. The channel violated our community guidelines, we acted accordingly, and we are looking at further consequences," said a YouTube spokesperson in a tweet.
The company apologized for the late response and added that it is taking steps to make sure that a video would not be seen on YouTube in the future.
Other Rogue Vloggers
YouTube has not revealed the potential consequences that Paul would be facing, but it could mean that Paul could be the similar situation facing vloggers who violated the company's standards. PewDiePie is still rebuilding his brand after he said numerous anti-Semitic phrases, which cost his valuable partnerships. Meanwhile, vlogger Juan Luis Lagunas Rosales, lost his life after he insulted a crime lord on YouTube.
As of this story's publication, Paul has not released any new content.