Logan Paul: YouTube War

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Logan Paul: YouTube War

Taylor Manion, Staff Writer

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Logan Paul is a popular YouTube star, with 15,401,106 subscribers. In his latest video blog (vlog), he and a group of friends toured the Suicide Forest in Japan. Suicide Forest is a forest where Japanese people commit suicide. As Logan and his friends were touring the forest they encoutered a deceased body. In the video he only blurred out the person’s face, while laughing and joking about the situation. People blew up about the situation all over media. Fans were posting hate videos about Logan while others were posting videos going against the haters.

Many people have made statements about this situation; One, written by Katherine Cross, stated, “There are rules and community guidelines about disgusting content and hate speech, of course, but they’re enforced haphazardly, often with little context or transparency, and can be easy to circumvent.”

Dylan Sward, a freshman at Alliance High School, isn’t a big Logan Paul fan, but he does follow him on Youtube and watches some of his videos. “Logan was trying to shine light on a touchy subject and made some rude, unnecessary comments. It was very disrespectful.” said Dylan. The people of Japan aren’t big fans of Logan, because of his vlog.

Devin Hughes, another freshmen at AHS and a die-hard Logan Paul fan, stated, “I personally think he didn’t do anything wrong. He’s a YouTuber, that’s what he does and at the end of the video he said suicide is not to be messed around with.” He is right, suicide isn’t something to be messed with. About 34,000 people commit suicide each year. Devin said it was disrespectful but, “You do it for the fans and money”.

Logan has sent out many apology videos, along with tweets and Facebook posts, but many fans are still very upset about what he did. YouTube made Logan delete his video of the Suicide Forest because it broke their code of conduct. Which states “Our products are platforms for free expression. But we don’t support content that promotes or condones violence against individuals or groups based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, nationality, veteran status, or sexual orientation/gender identity, or whose primary purpose is inciting hatred on the basis of these core characteristics. This can be a delicate balancing act, but if the primary purpose is to attack a protected group, the content crosses the line.” states YouTube management.  

The world is still outraged about this whole situation, but Logan Paul is still on YouTube and will not be cancelled. “There are three strikes that a YouTuber has. Logan Paul most likely got one.” Dylan exclaimed. Logan may have said sorry, but did he really mean it? Many people question his sincereity of his apologies because other videos of his trip to Japan were also very disrespectful to their culture.

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