Paul was mostly known for his slapstick style of comedy, sharing footage of himself doing stunts, telling jokes, and playing pranks. In addition to filming a seemingly dead body hanging from a tree, Paul calls out to it.
Other prominent YouTubers and social media influencers expressed their disgust with Logan Paul's video.
Many fans have defended Paul's video in YouTube and Twitter comment threads.
Paul said that he had "demonetized" the video, which had a segment in the parking lot near the forest.
In the video, the American appeared emotional after discovering the body and issued a message to his followers to seek help if they're struggling with mental health issues. I'm surrounded by good people and believe I can make good decisions, but I'm still a human being.
"Let's start with this - I'm sorry", he posted on Twitter.
Though the dead man was not identified and his face was blurred, the footage included close-up shots of his corpse. Saying he was "misguided by shock and awe", Logan explained his initial hope that the video would spread awareness about suicide - and potentially save lives.
A popular YouTuber has been heavily criticised for publishing a video showing the body of a suicide victim.
"For the first time in my life I'm regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly. I can be wrong". Some have even praised him for supposedly raising awareness about the dangers of suicide.
Mortician and author Caitlin Doughty wrote, "The young person who died was not for Paul- not their body, not their image, not their story". "I didn't do it for views".
Others criticised the lack of nuance the video displayed and criticised Paul for not directing viewers to specific helplines. "I get views. I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not a monsoon of negativity". If you're not capable of handling it with respect and compassion or you're approaching it with any other reason than to help people, then you just cannot be the one to address it in any shape or form.
YouTube added that the channel places a strike on such videos posted that violate its policies and according to the channel's guidelines, first strike is a warning, followed by a halt on posting. "YouTube prohibits violent or gory content posted in a shocking, sensational or disrespectful manner", YouTube said in a statement.
YouTube hasn't indicated if it will hand Paul's account a strike for breaking these rules yet.
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