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Logan Paul’s Suicide Video Received Less Censorship Compared To One Raising Mental Health Awareness

Youtube didn’t flag his graphic video. Instead it restricted one informing viewers about mental health and organizations for suicide prevention.

Logan Paul recently released a video, now deleted, of his visit to Japan’s Aokigahara Forest, commonly known as Suicide Forest. In the video, he finds the body of a suicide victim. Apparently, the video was supposed to raise awareness about mental health. Many didn’t see it as so. He received many criticisms for exploiting a dead body for views; even more arose when he chose to monetize his apology video.

One of the many critics was Youtuber Nathan Zed, who ended up releasing a video in reaction to the controversy. In the video, Zed is able to actually raise awareness about mental health. He asks Logan to do better. He is able to state exactly what is so horrible about Logan Paul’s video and provides his viewers with a way to help. Unlike Logan Paul’s video, Zed doesn’t show any explicit images or cursing, but he is still flagged and an age restriction is placed on the video, removed only after 14 hours. At the same time, Logan Paul didn’t get any backlash from Youtube, even though he had the victim’s body displayed in the video thumbnail.

Youtube later responded with an apology to Zed on twitter:

This isn’t the first time that there has been controversy over Youtube’s restriction algorithm. Many have called Youtube out for restricting LGBT+ content. Now they’ve age-restricted Zed’s video raising awareness about mental health while they let Logan Paul’s video reach the trending page before it was caught. This has not gone unnoticed by the internet.

Youtube provides a platform for millions of people that they can rely on for help and when their restriction algorithm makes major mistakes like the ones mentioned, it prevents viewers from finding the support and assistance they can’t find anywhere else. Meanwhile, by failing to restrict disturbing videos like Logan Paul’s, they are exposing children to images and subjects that will traumatize them.

 

Here are the links provided in Zed’s video for those interested:

charities that work with JAPANESE communities internationally:

USA:

  • Buddy Project: http://www.buddy-project.org/
  • Crisis TEXT Line (24/7 and confidential): text START to 741-741
  • Depression Hotline: 1-630-482-9696
  • Suicide Hotline: 1-800-784-8433
  • Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386 (for LGBTQ+)

JAPAN:

  • Helpline 1: Counseling: 03 5774 0992
  • Helpline 2: Face to Face: 03 3498 0231

UK:

  • Depression Alliance: 0845 123 23 20

Full list of hotlines for all countries: http://www.buddy-project.org/hotlines/

great mini Documentary on Aokigahara (the forest): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FDSd…

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Written by Sommer Alex

Sommer is a 16-year-old living in California. In her free time, she likes to play tennis, stress about her future, and make playlists.

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