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YouTube start Logan Paul sparks outrage after posting ‘sickening’ footage of dead body hanging from tree

January 2, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
YouTube start Logan Paul sparks outrage after posting ‘sickening’ footage of dead body hanging from tree

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Logan Paul Posts Footage of Apparent Suicide Victim on YouTube

YouTube star Logan Paul drew widespread condemnation over the New Year’s weekend after posting a video of an apparent suicide in the Aokigahara forest on the slopes of Mt. Fuji in Japan.

The footage was posted on Sunday with the caption: “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…” and accumulated over 6 million views in less than a day, New York magazine reported. The content has since been “removed by the user.”

However, Logan Paul, who is the older brother of fellow YouTuber and former Disney Channel “Bizaardvark” star Jake Paul, has attracted strong criticism for showing graphic images of an apparent suicide victim. The footage came in the midst of a 15-minute clip detailing his travels in Japan in which he laughs and jokes about different aspects of the culture.

“I don’t know what’s more disgusting, the fact that Logan filmed the body of someone who committed suicide or that he was able to LAUGH after it,” one person wrote on Twitter.

Logan Paul

“How insensitive and sick can you be to film someone in that state,” another commenter said.

When Paul and his friends stumbled on the body in Aokigahara, his response is initially one of shock. “Yo, are you alive?” he said out loud. “Are you f—ing with us?”

Later in the video, Paul spoke to his fans with a serious note: “Suicide is not a joke. Depression and mental illness are not a joke. We came here to focus on the ‘haunted’ aspect of the forest. This just became very real, and a lotta people are going through a lotta s— in their lives.”

New York magazine reported that he also included a link to the American Society for Suicide Prevention in the description for the clip.

However, those efforts proved insufficient for many internet users.

Youtube expressed condolences to the family of the victims in a released statement.

“YouTube prohibits violent or gory content posted in a shocking, sensational or disrespectful manner,” the statement read. “If a video is graphic, it can only remain on the site when supported by appropriate educational or documentary information and in some cases it will be age-gated.”

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