This is a serious post for a serious matter.
In case you missed it, Logan posted a video of a man who committed suicide, while vacationing in Japan. A video that gained over 1 million views in a 24 hour period, before its removal. Keep in mind, that Logan removed the video himself and not YouTube. The video took place around the holidays, while exploring Aokigahara, or most popularly known as the “Suicide Forest.” Logan along with a crew of friends, discovered the body of the deceased and carelessly continued to film their reactions.
Fast forward to his first apology attempt. The iPhone memo apology, posted on his Twitter page stated:
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
“I’m surrounded by good people and believe I make good decisions, but I’m still a human being. I can be wrong.” It is hard to believe that anyone would feel that posting up a person who recently committed suicide was a good decision. Although, I felt that his apology was a cop-out in order to quiet down the roars of displeased people, I assumed that YouTube would help him see the errors of his ways. I thought that maybe YouTube would make an example of Logan as they have with so many other Vloggers. Here are a few channels that has been banned from YouTube:
YouTube Channel: Bootsmadeforcrushing – A channel owned by a guy who gained thousands of subscribers for crushing inanimate objects like fruits, toys and etc with his boots. (To each its own) However, this gentleman ran another channel called Boots666, where he linked his tumblr account to hidden videos on this channel. The graphic videos shows the man causing the deaths of several small animals by crushing them with his boots. Although, he was sneaky enough to conceal the videos from the public, viewers recognized several boots from his public channel. YouTube permanently terminated both accounts.
YouTube Channel: Killer KingStar – A self-proclaimed internet celebrity and journalist, who created numerous channels after the termination of his original channel. Posting offensive and racist contents has led those channels to be banned too. Kingstar has had his home swatted (when someone tricks 911 to deploy the SWAT team under false info.) and personal info released online.
YouTube Channel: Toy Freaks – Most recently YouTube terminated a channel called “Toy Freaks,” an account with questionable content made for children. The account ran by “Freak Daddy,” consist of videos of his daughters commonly found in abusive situations. Parents took to the social site, Reddit to complain of the different scenarios, the father placed his daughters in. One Redditor posted: “One of their latest videos sees the father follow his little girl into the bathroom and film her as she’s crying in severe pain, blood flowing from her mouth and her tooth falling out.” The channel was very popular upon its termination, racking in up to $13.4 million annually.
Almost two week after the release of the video, YouTube finally announced their decision on the matter. Two Weeks. A lot of people are not happy with their definition of punishment for Logan’s mistake. A slap on the wrist for the carelessness of his actions. YouTube has decided to remove his channel from the Google Preferred Program. A program that packages YouTube’s most popular channels for blue chip advertisers. However, a google representative confirms that Logan is still eligible to earn money from his videos through YouTube’s general monetization program. YouTube also confirmed that Logan will not continue with the filming of the fourth season of YouTubeRed’s show “Foursome.” In addition to his consequences, his other YouTubeRed projects are placed “on hold.” Not cancelled, nullify or axed. But “on hold.”
So the question lies, is the punishment fit for the crime? Should he still be able to monetize and profit over his videos, while other YouTubers have lost theirs? Should he have the possibility of still working with YouTube after carelessly triggering those who suffers from suicide tendencies? These questions need answers. Logan’s father has shared that his son has taken a break from social media to “reflect” on what has happened. And at the end of the day, I hope that he has the right people around him for the sake of his mental being. I do not want to see anything bad happen to him, I just want this to be a lesson to all YouTubers who think “VIEWS” instead of “Morals.”
We must teach ourselves and others, the value of human life. A lesson taught by example. And the only way to do so is to terminate his channel.
If you or anyone you know are suffering from suicidal thoughts, PLEASE call 1-800-273-8255. The national suicide prevention hotline is available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. It’s free and 100% confidential.