Logan Paul Broke Youtube
If you have been living under a rock this month, you wouldn’t have heard of the Logan Paul scandal.
Logan Paul uploaded a video on New Year’s Eve which blew up early January. He posted a video of himself entering the Aokigahara Forest in Japan, at the bottom of the famous Mount Fuji, showing a corpse which had been hanging from a tree, a suicide victim, which had been there for no longer than an hour. He only blurred out the face, he went up to the body and started making jokes about suicide.
Logan and a group of his friends had headed out to camp in the forest, as it was “haunted”. But Logan knew that the forest was well known for suicide, one person every three days commits suicide in there. It was obvious that he went in there to find a body, and he did. He only did this for the views, and within a day, he was trending on number one, and he had racked up a staggering fifteen million views. He then deleted the video himself, not by YouTube. Filming the deceased is against the YouTube policy, and YouTube didn’t do anything about it.
Many people made response videos to this, also to get their own views. Also he is shown in a video he filmed in Japan running around the streets screaming and throwing a pokeball plush at people and cars in a Pikachu outfit. He is also shown in a shop at the start of the video throwing a model Gameboy on the floor and asking the owner to fix it. He also got a fish and an octopus and placed it on a car. He has been permanently banned from visiting Japan.
This has angered many, many people in the YouTube community, especially the smaller YouTubers. In April 2017, YouTube changed their policy for monetization. If you don’t know what monetization is, it’s basically enabling your videos to have adverts to make money. This helped people to buy cameras and any other items for their videos. It also gave the people a lot of motivation to keep going with their videos. These videos may only get a hundred or so, but it was a sense of an achievement. They changed the policy by making the YouTuber having to have at least ten thousand views, which does seem reasonable, because if there are adverts on a channel with only twelve views, then it isn’t really worth it.
Now, channels with at least a staggering four thousand hours of watch time and one thousand subscribers within the last twelve months will only be eligible for monetizing their videos to make money. YouTube says: “These higher standards will also help us prevent potentially inappropriate videos from monetizing which can hurt revenue for everyone.” This has made the smaller YouTube community drop, with a lot of the channels quitting, because of no motivation.
Do you think this is fair?
Nicola and Eleanor Year 8
Boston High YJA Newsroom