YouTube writes an open letter to its community about the Logan Paul video

In a tweet thread, YouTube has posted an open letter offering a bit, and only just a bit of information regarding the situation.

  • Published: January 10, 2018 4:02 PM IST

YouTube’s corporate communications team has shared an ‘open letter’ about Logan Paul’s suicide video controversy. In a series of tweets, the company attempted to address the situation. However, the company hasn’t apologized or commented on promoting the video under the platform’s trending tab.

Also, the open letter tweet thread doesn’t mention Paul by name or the penalties he might face. There is no clarity around the action YouTube took against Paul. These are some very basic questions users on social media would have liked to see answered, and asked when #LoganPaulIsCancelled was trending on Twitter last week.

One possible reason for YouTube tip toeing around this issue could be because Logan Paul is one of the biggest names among the vloggers on the platform, and likely their biggest revenue generator as well. So, if black-listing a YouTuber from the platform for being this irresponsible, were a step they would have otherwise taken, treatment of Paul’s situation may be different.

For the unsolicited, last week, Logan Paul and his friends decided it would be a good idea to of an apparent suicide victim found hanging from a tree in a forest in Japan. Backlash against Paul was, unsurprisingly, quick and the YouTuber quickly — after his video had about a million views — deleted the video, posted an apology, and stepped away from the internet to “reflect.”

During the incident’s peak last week, YouTube had relatively little to say about Paul, the video, and any potential violations of the company’s Terms of Service. It offered only a short statement offering condolences to the family of the deceased and saying the platform “prohibits violent or gory content posted in a shocking, sensational, or disrespectful manner.” It did not say if Paul’s video was being deemed as such.

  • Published Date: January 10, 2018 4:02 PM IST