January is less than two days old and already we have a reminder of the bad side of YouTube after it emerged that Logan Paul, a brash 22-year-old with over 15 million subscribers and a clothing line in his name, posted then removed a video that included footage of an apparent suicide victim.
The video was uploaded Sunday under the title "We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest..." and garnered more than 6 million views in less than a day, according to NY magazine.
In the 15 minute vlog, Logan and his friends repeatedly zoom in on the deceased man - whose face is blurred - while saying how "crazy" the situation is.
'Yo, are you alive? Kind of hard to do that when Paul is heard laughing at his friend who said he felt ill after discovering the body.
'A lot of things going through my mind. The man's "purple hands" are also noted.
Paul posted the very disturbing video to his account and it didn't sit well with his viewers at all.
He then apologized to his fans, saying: 'I'm so sorry about this.
Earlier today Paul apologised for the video, saying that he aimed to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention rather than glorify the suicide or disrespect the man's family.
I'm often reminded of how big of a reach I truly have & with great power comes great responsibility... for the first time in my life I'm regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly.
YouTube was also slammed for allowing content like Paul's video to be posted.
He was followed by Game of Thrones star, Sophie Turner, who called Logan an "idiot" who doesn't "deserve the success" he has. "Depression and mental illnesses are not a joke".
"I've never made a mistake like this before", Paul said in an apology on Twitter on Monday. When one of his group said he didn't feel good after seeing the hanging body, Paul said "You never stand next to a dead guy?" and laughed. I get views. I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity. "I meant to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention". Now, people are calling for Logan's channel to be permanently removed due to the appalling content of the harrowing 15 minute vlog.