YouTube cuts Logan Paul from projects over Japan suicide victim video

Logan Paul (AFP/Mark Ralston)
Updated 11 January 2018
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YouTube cuts Logan Paul from projects over Japan suicide victim video

New York: 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.
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.”


UK calls on social media firms to better protect children

Updated 22 April 2018
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UK calls on social media firms to better protect children

LONDON: Britain’s health secretary says the government will introduce new laws targeting online social media companies if they don’t do more to protect children.
In a strongly-worded letter to Facebook, Google, Snapchat, Twitter and others, Jeremy Hunt said their failure to prevent young children using social media and exposing children to its “harmful emotional side effects” was “unacceptable and irresponsible.”
Hunt said Sunday he was particularly concerned about the lack of age verification measures, with thousands breaching minimum user age rules.
He gave the companies a week to set out steps they are taking to cut underage use, prevent cyberbullying, and promote limited screen time.
Hunt last year attacked Facebook for releasing a version aimed at children, telling the company to “stay away from my kids.”