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The Aokigahara Forest in Japan is the world’s second most infamous suicide location behind Golden Gate Bridge. (Credit to Pixabay).

The Aokigahara Forest in Japan is the world’s second most infamous suicide location behind Golden Gate Bridge. (Credit to Pixabay).

The Aokigahara Forest in Japan is the world’s second most infamous suicide location behind Golden Gate Bridge. (Credit to Pixabay).

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Over the course of late December, a YouTube content creator, Logan Paul, posted a video where he entered Japan’s Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mount Fuji. The forest, infamous for hosting countless suicides, has been rumored to be haunted. This urban legend caught the attention of Paul and, on New Year’s Day, the video of Paul and his crew exploring the forest was uploaded. There, he would have an encounter unlike anything else.

“Someone had committed suicide in the forest and [Paul] went in and recorded it. He claimed it was for suicide awareness, but it obviously wasn’t,” says junior Kenya Adams.

This was something that was unprecedented. Paul had illegally deviated from the forest’s trail and found a man who had hanged himself. The man remains unidentified as per Japan’s laws and policies on media depicting its people. This, of course, sparked criticism by fans, critics, and other content creators on the platform.

“In all my years online, I have never once called out someone, as I think it’s hateful and sets a bad precedent. But today, my heart was broken after seeing a fellow creator make a video filming the body of a suicide victim. We should be better than this. This is sick,” says fellow content creator Rosanna Pansino on Twitter.

The following days, Paul released two apologies. The first was released on Paul’s Twitter account and was considered disingenuous by many. The note left contained the word “sorry” once and the word “I” twenty-seven times. The second apology, released a day later, was a video uploaded to Paul’s YouTube channel. This video took on a more sincere tone and seemed to be a legitimate apology, but many were still skeptical.

“I feel like [the apology] should have been more sincere considering how wrong the incident was. He shouldn’t have played the victim card. I don’t think the apology should be accepted because it was very insincere. This is a very personal thing. I think they’ll see this as a typical American being disrespectful and not caring about their values and feelings,” says sophomore Brianna Hammersmith.

YouTube was slow to make an official statement until recently. They claimed that they have been listening to the community. One part of the statement was that they acted accordingly when Paul initially posted the video. This part sparked more backlash from the community who claimed that YouTube did not act accordingly, as Paul’s video reached number ten on the trending tab and grossed over six million views before being taken down.

“Duh. It’s not rocket science. YouTube can’t back themselves up and there was no excuse. There’s young kids who watch YouTube and this teaches them that suicide is an option. Logan’s influence on kids is not good. If they’re going to have guidelines, then they should stick by it,” says Adams.

The video did violate the YouTube community guidelines, and as such, the video was demonetized and advertisers quickly started to withdraw from the platform. This has caused a ripple effect where the actions of one creator affected most all of other creators. Advertisers withdrawing from YouTube spells disaster for many content creators who make a living through the Partnership Program.

“I feel that the downfall of content creators is eventually going to stop because they aren’t making enough to remain on the site, and as such, YouTube is going to lose creators and be less popular. I think that it shows a flaw in the system. They should review the content before it goes out. It’s not something that a few people saw, it’s worldwide,” says Hammersmith.

The YouTube Adpocalypse, as it’s been dubbed, has had three major instances where the situation has been exacerbated. The first was caused by inflammatory articles being posted about how advertisers are okay with advertising over vile content. The second was caused when a content creator was quoted out of context and painted as being a supporter of radical white supremacists. The third and most recent event to transpire was, of course, Paul’s video.

“Some creators who make most of their income off of advertisements in their content are greatly affected by the new strict rules put into place by YouTube. Saying a single vulgar word or making a simple joke that could offend someone can lead to automatic demonetization for the video itself, and can cause that creator to lose their income for the week. The issue is so widespread, it’s being referred to as the Adpocalypse because of how widespread and horrible the situation is,” says junior Maggie McNeeley.

As these controversies unfold, YouTube is struggling to adapt in order to find a way to prevent future incidents. The YouTube algorithm is partially to blame by not only promoting newsworthy content, but also popular content creators that were previously well received.

“If the guidelines are irrelevant [because of the algorithm], why do they matter? Think about the different audiences and how YouTube is going to lose viewers because of concerned parents and viewers. I don’t know what they were thinking, but they should be better about it,” says Adams.

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