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[00:02.81]YouTube says it has punished an American blogger over a video that appeared to show the body of a suicide victim.
[00:15.79]The blogger, Logan Paul, took the video in the Aokigahara forest, near Japan’s Mount Fuji.
[00:27.83]The area is known as a place where a number of people have taken their lives in recent years.
[00:37.05]In the video, Paul and his friends see a man’s hanging body from a tree.
[00:44.85]They react with shock, but also make jokes.
[00:50.45]Suicide rates in Japan are among the highest in the world.
[00:57.41]About 21,000 people there commit suicide each year, according to Japanese government estimates.
[01:07.00]YouTube said in a statement that it has removed Logan Paul’s channels from Google Preferred, which presents top YouTube videos.
[01:21.24]The company offers those videos to advertisers.
[01:27.27]YouTube also said it will not include Paul in the new season of a web-based series called “Foursome.”
[01:38.26]And it said his new videos are no longer being published.
[01:44.92]Paul’s YouTube channel has more than 15 million subscribers.
[01:52.54]He has more than 4 million followers on Twitter.
[01:57.83]The video filmed in the Japanese forest received over 6 million views before Paul took it down.
[02:07.31]YouTube bars violent content that is shown in a shocking or disrespectful way, the company says.
[02:18.54]It issued a “strike” against Paul’s channel for violating its community rules after the video was published.
[02:26.06]Paul announced earlier this month he was taking a break from making YouTube videos “to reflect.”
[02:38.80]He has also published several apology videos and posts on social media.
[02:47.51]But Paul continues to face strong criticism for the apparent suicide victim video as well as other video blogs he published during his visit to Japan.
[03:02.21]I'm Bryan Lynn.