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YouTubers have reacted angrily to a video posted by vlogger Logan Paul in which he showed the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan.
The video showed the American vlogger with friends in the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mount Fuji, known for being a frequent site of suicides.
After you receive a reaction in the social media, Paul apologized for the “wrong” video, and added that he was “embarrassed” and “disappointed” in himself.
But several other high-profile YouTubers now have criticized him.
How the YouTube community reacted
A spokesman for YouTube told the BBC: “Our hearts are with the family of the person who appears in the video.
“YouTube prohibits violent or gory content posted in a shocking, sensational or disrespectful. If the video is graphic, you can only remain on the site where supported by appropriate educational or documentary information and, in some cases, will be age dependent. “
“We partner with security groups, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to provide educational resources that are incorporated in our YouTube Safety Centre.”
Stephen Jones, the social media editor for the Press Association, shared on Twitter a letter sent to him by a woman whose husband took his own life in 2008.
She told Logan Paul video had traumatized her 13-year old son.
“For children who have lost a parent, a sibling, or a loved one by suicide, their grief has been made into a joke,” he said.
“Logan Paul is to meet with families who have experienced suicide if he wants to make peace.”
Presenter and comedian Ed Petrie, said: “Having spent 12 years working in the kids TV (first Nickelodeon, and then CBBC) and see the thought and care that goes into the provision of content to young people, there needs to be some serious questions about how You Tube functions.”
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