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Logan Paul Announces Break From YouTube Amid Fallout From Dead Body Video

Logan Paul Announces Break From YouTube Amid Fallout From Dead Body Video

The 22-year-old superstar found himself in a world of trouble when he filmed and uploaded a video of a dead body that they found in a Japenese forest beneath Mount Fuji on Sunday, December 31st, 2017.

YouTube star Logan Paul announced Wednesday night (Jan. 3) that he will be taking a break from YouTube and his daily vlogs in order to take "time to reflect" following the controversy he faced from sharing a video of a suicide victim to his viral YouTube channel.

Some videos have been taken down by YouTube, which says when a video is removed for violating the Community Guidelines, the account which posted it is given a strike.

Writing on Twitter, Paul, who has 15 million YouTube subscribers and is very popular with child viewers who like his stunts involving weird scenarios, said his intention was to "raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention". He added commentary throughout the video, including, "Yo, are you alive?" Paul for his part has issued multiple apologies, and who knows if PewDiePie's video will catch his attention.

These re-uploads are attracting millions of views and easily climbing the top of the video charts.

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A YouTube spokesperson said in a statement, "Our hearts go out to the family of the person featured in the video". YouTube prohibits violent or gory content posted in a shocking, sensational or disrespectful manner.

A petition on Change.org demanding Paul's YouTube channel be deleted has been signed by more than 125,000 people this morning.

"I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity", he said in his Twitter post.

Later the same day he released a video apology, in which he said: "I've made a severe and continuous lapse in my judgement and I don't expect to be forgiven, I'm simply here to apologise".

A storm of criticism followed despite the two apologies, with commenters saying Paul seemed disrespectful and that his initial apology was inadequate.


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