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YouTuber Logan Paul has been at the centre of enormous controversy in recent days since he decided to upload a video featuring the body of a suicide victim.
Now the 22-year-old has confirmed that he'll be taking time off 'to reflect' in the wake of the video, which has inspired a severe backlash against him.
Paul's video showed him and his friends making jokes at the expense of the dead man they found while touring Aokigahara, the 'suicide forest' at the base of Mt. Fuji, Japan.
The YouTuber, 22, tweeted: "Taking time to reflect. No vlog for now. See you soon."
taking time to reflect
no vlog for now
see you soon
- Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 4, 2018
Two days before, Paul posted a recorded apology for uploading the video, admitting that he 'made a huge mistake' and was 'ashamed' of himself.
Some of his followers were sympathetic to the decision to take time away from social media, suggesting Paul had shown his 'compassion'.
We love you!
Don't let hate get to you, to anyone!
Being a Maverick IS showing compassion and love, you did nothing wrong!#Logang #Kogang
- Kong Da Savage (@KongTheDog) January 4, 2018
Others, however, continued to be less impressed with his behaviour.
honestly. just delete your channel. everyone will be ok.
- MarcusB123:reminder_ribbon: (@BallingerCyrus) January 4, 2018
The YouTube star had sought to explain his actions in the video by saying what he and his friend found in the forest 'was obviously unplanned' and their reactions 'were raw, they were unfiltered'.
"None of us knew how to react, or how to feel," Paul said, before adding: "I should have never posted the video. I should have put the cameras down and stopped recording what we were going through."
Paul's original apology for the video, written in the form of a phone note and posted on Twitter, was criticised for its inappropriate tone, as Paul highlighted the reach of his channel and ended it with the hashtag #Logangforlife.
Since the incident Japanese police have confirmed that they wish to speak with Paul as part of their investigation. While there is no legal obligation to report a dead body in Japan, Masaki Ito, a spokesman for the Yamanashi prefectural police, are interested in speaking with Paul as a 'suicide may be involved'.
Japan has been trying hard to reduce the grisly reputation of Aokigahara, which is a notorious suicide spot nationally and globally.
In 2010, 247 people attempted suicide in the forest, and dozens of bodies are believed to be removed from the site each year.
In 2011 local officials installed CCTV cameras at the main entrance of Aokigahara and stepped up patrols of the forest. Signs dotted across the forest also urge visitors against suicide, advising them to think of their families.
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