When a top YouTube star uploaded a video that showed a dead body hanging in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, the video stayed up for more than 24 hours and was viewed more than 6.3 million times before it was taken down.
However, it wasn’t taken down by YouTube moderators, but the star himself.
Logan Paul faced widespread criticism for the video, which also showed the body in the thumbnail image for the video and showed him laughing about the situation, and YouTube cut ties with Paul a few weeks after the controversy began. What became somewhat more controversial was YouTube’s statement after the public outrage began.
“If a video is graphic, it can only remain on the site when supported by appropriate education or documentary information,” YouTube’s statement reads.
While Paul’s video is the most recent controversy for the video uploading website, YouTube has had its share of controversy. In November, moderators for the website said they removed more than 150,000 videos featuring children that had been targeted by pedophiles or showed possible child abuse.