Logan Paul extends apology over video

Logan Paul extends apology over video

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US YouTube star Logan Paul has issued a more extensive apology for posting an online video showing what appeared to be a body in a Japanese forest known as a suicide destination.

The initial video he posted on Sunday showed the prolific social media user trekking with friends in the Aokigahara forest near Mount Fuji before they discover a body.

Media reports say the video was viewed million of times before being removed from Paul's YouTube channel, a verified account with more than 15 million subscribers, however, segments of the video were still appearing online on Wednesday.
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A storm of criticism followed, with commenters saying Paul seemed joking and disrespectful in the video and that his initial apology was inadequate.

"I don't expect to be forgiven. I'm simply here to apologise," he said on the more sombre video apology uploaded on YouTube and Twitter late on Tuesday.

"None of us knew how to react or how to feel."
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Paul said he wanted to apologise to the internet, to all who saw the video and to those suffering mental illness and depression.

"Most importantly, I want to apologise to the victim and his family."

YouTube says it prohibits violent content posted in a sensational or disrespectful manner.
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Its statement says, "Our hearts go out to the family of the person featured in the video."

In Paul's initial apology, he said he had wanted to raise awareness about suicide and possibly save lives, and he denied his goal was to drive clicks to his social media content.

"I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity," he said in his Twitter post.
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Masaki Ito, spokesman for the Yamanashi prefectural police, says people aren't obliged to report a body, but police are interested in talking to Paul as a suicide may be involved.

But local police overseeing the forest area in Paul's video declined to comment on Wednesday.

YouTube, owned by Google parent Alphabet Inc., has not responded to questions about removing Paul's video channel.
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