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The Logan Paul Video Should Be a Reckoning For YouTube

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By the time Logan Paul arrived at Aokigahara Jukai forest, colloquially known as Japan’s “suicide forest,” the YouTube star had already confused Mount Fuji with the country Fiji.

After hiking only a couple hundred yards into Aokigahara—where over 247 people attempted to take their own lives in 2010 alone, according to police statistics cited in The Japan Times—Paul encountered a suicide victim’s body hanging from a tree.

Even though the video violated YouTube’s community standards, it was Paul in the end who deleted it.

“I should have never posted the video, I should have put the cameras down,” Paul said in a video posted Tuesday, which followed an earlier written apology.

Before uploading the video, which was titled “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest...” Paul halfheartedly attempted to censor himself for his mostly tween viewers.

He issued a warning at the beginning of the video, blurred the victim’s face, and included the number of several suicide hotlines, including one in Japan.

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