YouTube is again facing criticism after it responded to a controversial video by vlogger Logan Paul.
On Dec. 31, the vlogger published a YouTube video filmed in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, also known as “suicide forest” due to the large number of suicides that occur within its boundaries. The video depicted him and his crew reacting to a dead body hanging from a tree, and showed close-up shots of the body.
On Jan. 1, Paul apologized. The next day, he took down the video and issued a longer apology—which many criticized for displaying ads—and on Jan. 3, Paul said he was taking a break from YouTube “to reflect.”
In the week following Paul’s apologies, YouTube has largely remained silent.