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The video, which reportedly racked up more than 6 million views and was on YouTube’s trending page before being removed, has been roundly criticized by fans, non-fans, and fellow YouTubers. Even more troubling, many of Paul’s fans are teens (and younger) who could potentially be struggling with their own suicidal thoughts or mental health issues.
Paul apologized again on Tuesday morning via his social media. He apologized to the victim’s family, asked his fans to stop defending his actions, and said that the goal of his work is to provide inclusive entertainment.
“It was obviously unplanned and the reactions you saw on tape were raw,” Paul said. “I should have never posted the video… The intent is never to be heartless… I made a huge mistake. I don’t expect to be forgiven.”
According to YouTube’s Community Guidelines, the video potentially violates its policies on “harmful or dangerous content” and “violent or graphic content.” But people are calling on YouTube to go a step further than a potential strike and kick him off YouTube, and a petition is circulating demanding his channel be deleted.
Dear @YouTube,— Jerome Trammel (@MrJeromeTrammel) January 2, 2018
Logan Paul needs to be banned from #YouTube, his channel should be deleted indefinitely. Uploading a video of someone who committed suicide & filming body for views/likes is just disgusting & low. @LoganPaul #LoganPaul
Sign Petition: https://t.co/vr9PCtKvy1
Logan Paul is a piece of shit and deserves to have his channel banned. This is a direct violation of youtube terms of service and tons of people are reporting him for it. Make the right choice youtube— renée || cinfest rin please interact (@RINSHlBUYA) January 2, 2018
Here's a secret..when we were filming our Christmas 2016 vid, we witnessed something tragic. We put our camera down, called the cops and did all we could to help. Never EVER did it cross our minds to film the person who died. Logan Paul needs to be banned.— Screen Team (@TheScreenTeam) January 2, 2018
.@YouTube if you don't ban Logan Paul permanently, you are sending a clear message to the world that you condone his behavior. Fuck an apology. People could hurt or kill themselves because of him. He needs to go to a cave for the next decade and grow the fuck up. This is evil.— Sam Grittner (@SamGrittner) January 2, 2018
We’ve reached out to YouTube for comment.
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.