YouTube has issued a response to criticism it received over vlogger Logan Paul, more than a week after he posted video showing an apparent dead body in Japan's so-called "Suicide Forest."
"We expect more of the creators who build their community on @YouTube, as we’re sure you do too. The channel violated our community guidelines, we acted accordingly, and we are looking at further consequences," YouTube wrote in a thread on its official Twitter account.
An open letter to our community:— YouTube (@YouTube) January 9, 2018
Many of you have been frustrated with our lack of communication recently. You’re right to be. You deserve to know what's going on.
Critics appalled at Paul's treatment of the situation have been calling for the removal of his channel, which boasts some 15 million subscribers. Some also questioned YouTube's initial lack of a response, which the company's statement acknowledged.
"It’s taken us a long time to respond, but we’ve been listening to everything you’ve been saying. We know that the actions of one creator can affect the entire community, so we’ll have more to share soon on steps we’re taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again," the statement said.
On Dec. 31, Paul posted the video of his visit to Japan's Aokigahara forest, a well-known destination for people looking to end their own lives, before taking it down amid claims he was using the sad scene to increase his viewership.
Before it was deleted, the video was viewed some six million times.
In one of two apologies, Paul wrote that he "intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention."
"I was misguided by the shock and awe, as portrayed in the video," Paul told his followers.
As criticism against him grew — and as many called for his channel's removal, including his fellow YouTube stars — Paul posted an emotional video apology on Twitter.
"I had a severe and continuous lapse in my judgment," Paul said. "I don't expect to be forgiven. I'm simply here to apologize."
Paul has since stepped away from his YouTube channel to "reflect."