YouTube Punishes Blogger After Video of Apparent Suicide Victim

2018-01-12

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  • This is What's Trending Today...
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  • YouTube says it has punished an American blogger over a video that appeared to show the body of a suicide victim.
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  • The blogger, Logan Paul, took the video in the Aokigahara forest, near Japan's Mount Fuji.
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  • The area is known as a place where a number of people have taken their lives in recent years.
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  • In the video, Paul and his friends see a man's hanging body from a tree.
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  • They react with shock, but also make jokes.
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  • Suicide rates in Japan are among the highest in the world.
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  • About 21,000 people there commit suicide each year, according to Japanese government estimates.
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  • YouTube said in a statement that it has removed Logan Paul's channels from Google Preferred, which presents top YouTube videos.
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  • The company offers those videos to advertisers.
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  • YouTube also said it will not include Paul in the new season of a web-based series called "Foursome."
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  • And it said his new videos are no longer being published.
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  • Paul's YouTube channel has more than 15 million subscribers.
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  • He has more than 4 million followers on Twitter.
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  • The video filmed in the Japanese forest received over 6 million views before Paul took it down.
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  • YouTube bars violent content that is shown in a shocking or disrespectful way, the company says.
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  • It issued a "strike" against Paul's channel for violating its community rules after the video was published.
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  • Paul announced earlier this month he was taking a break from making YouTube videos "to reflect."
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  • He has also published several apology videos and posts on social media.
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  • But Paul continues to face strong criticism for the apparent suicide victim video as well as other video blogs he published during his visit to Japan.
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  • I'm Bryan Lynn.
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  • This is What's Trending Today...
  • 2
  • YouTube says it has punished an American blogger over a video that appeared to show the body of a suicide victim.
  • 3
  • The blogger, Logan Paul, took the video in the Aokigahara forest, near Japan's Mount Fuji. The area is known as a place where a number of people have taken their lives in recent years.
  • 4
  • In the video, Paul and his friends see a man's hanging body from a tree. They react with shock, but also make jokes.
  • 5
  • Suicide rates in Japan are among the highest in the world. About 21,000 people there commit suicide each year, according to Japanese government estimates.
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  • YouTube said in a statement that it has removed Logan Paul's channels from Google Preferred, which presents top YouTube videos. The company offers those videos to advertisers.
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  • YouTube also said it will not include Paul in the new season of a web-based series called "Foursome." And it said his new videos are no longer being published.
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  • Paul's YouTube channel has more than 15 million subscribers. He has more than 4 million followers on Twitter. The video filmed in the Japanese forest received over 6 million views before Paul took it down.
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  • YouTube bars violent content that is shown in a shocking or disrespectful way, the company says. It issued a "strike" against Paul's channel for violating its community rules after the video was published.
  • 10
  • Paul announced earlier this month he was taking a break from making YouTube videos "to reflect." He has also published several apology videos and posts on social media.
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  • But Paul continues to face strong criticism for the apparent suicide victim video as well as other video blogs he published during his visit to Japan.
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  • I'm Bryan Lynn.
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  • The Associated Press reported this story. Ashley Thompson adapted it for Learning English. George Grow was the editor.
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  • Words in This Story
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  • commit - v. to do (something that is illegal or harmful)
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  • channel - n. a television or radio station
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  • reflect - v. to think carefully about something