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YouTube cuts star from projects over Japan suicide victim video

News Desk

Agence France-Presse

New York, United States  /  Thu, January 11, 2018  /  01:55 pm
YouTube cuts star from projects over Japan suicide victim video

Logan Paul poses for a photo in the press room during the 2015 MTV Movie Awards on April 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (AFP/Frederic J. Brown)

YouTube on Wednesday punished one of its stars, American Logan Paul, over a video that showed a suicide victim in a forest near Mount Fuji -- by scrapping two projects and lowering his advertising profile.

The video shows the 22-year-old discovering a body in Aokigahara, a dense woodland at the foot of the mountain known as "the Japanese Suicide Forest," in a country that has long struggled with some of the highest suicide rates in the developed world.    

Japanese social media erupted with indignation over the film, which showed a man who had hanged himself. 

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Outtakes showing Paul laughing and joking about the incident also stirred anger.

Paul has a massive teenage and preteen fan base.

The video sharing site decided to drop Paul from projects on its YouTube Red subscription platform for original content, a spokesman said Wednesday.  

They include a sequel to his film "The Thinning" and a leading role in the fourth season of "Foursome."