Should YouTube Ban Logan Paul? The Line Between A Free Platform And Censorship

Should YouTube Ban Logan Paul? The Line Between A Free Platform And Censorship

Maybe Logan Paul's video did "...mark a moment in YouTube's history"
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On December 31st, 2017, twenty-two year old internet megastar Logan Paul uploaded a vlog of him in Japan. In this video, Logan Paul visits Japan's "Suicide Forest" in which he encounters and films a dead body. Seriously. In the beginning of this video, which has now been removed, he states "This marks a moment in YouTube history..." and I don't think he was wrong.

For those of you who don't know Logan Paul, he is a YouTuber and actor with 15 million subscribers and counting. His popular videos include titles such as "WE MADE JAM OUT OF OREOS", "STOLE MY BROTHERS GIRLFRIEND" and "FAKING MY OWN DEATH PRANK! *crazy reaction*". His obviously loyal fan base didn't even think twice about his Japan vlogs, but the rest of the world did.

Major media outlets such as Billboard, Washington Post, New York Times and Teen Vogue are creating a heavy conversation criticizing his video. Celebrities and fellow internet stars have spoken out about Paul's disgusting video, creating an internet storm of angry people looking for Paul's consequences. But... where are they?

This is not YouTube's first run-in with the media. Around this time last year, YouTube's biggest earner "Pewdiepie" received a big slap in the face from Wall Street Journal after accusing him of being a Nazi. YouTube quickly responded, backing the media and abandoning their own creator (their biggest creator to date with over 59 million subscribers) by stripping away his YouTube Red show "Scare Pewdiepie" and more. Many people stood with Pewdiepie during his controversy, saying the Wall Street Journal took his jokes out of context for the next big story, which obviously worked, whether Pewdiepie deserved the consequences or not.

As of right now, YouTube has done nothing to Logan Paul as a repercussion of his viral and disgusting video. He too has YouTube Red projects supposed to be released in the future. What separates this video over Pewdiepies where he gets to keep his projects?

A popular comment found on most videos and articles posted about this Logan Paul mess is "YouTube needs to delete/suspend his channel! It's the only way he will learn."

This is where things can get tricky...

Other YouTubers in the past have had many people declare that their channels needed to be revoked because of their own self-destruction. This ranges from parents aggressively pranking their children to Logan Paul's brother himself, Jake Paul. Jake Paul was in the news not too long ago for his neighborhood disruptions. Young fans (and their parents... what?) spent their days outside his house waiting for a chance to get a glimpse of him.

Eventually, things got out of control but settled not too long after. Of course, the Paul brothers have never had a dull moment. I describe their content as soap opera for tweens. Different creators create drama between each other, making individual videos and connecting to one storyline. It's similar to watching a reality show from ten different perspectives. Does YouTube get more money per video made and viewed, so why do they care? No harm was done, until now. So, what do you do?

YouTube (for the time being) is a free platform. I can create a video tomorrow doing almost whatever I want. YouTube making a step as big as taking away someone's channel is a fine line between a free creator platform and censorship. If they start cherry picking who and who can't be on their platform, you're asking for a world of issues.

Do I disagree with the statements of people wanting Logan Paul's videos taken away? No.

Clearly, Logan Paul is unstoppable. Unless he does some major self-reflection after this video controversy and decides to be a new man, there is nothing stopping him from posting whatever he wants. YouTube stepping in and taking action would be a big wake up call for him, perhaps making more of an impact on future video decisions if the media against him wasn't enough.

An action as far as taking away a channel would be effective, but the repercussions would be too high for YouTube as a company. Not only are you losing heavy ad income, but you're also giving yourself too much power. What stops YouTube from shutting down channels left and right? While I do agree action needs to be done, taking away someone's channel over one video is most likely not the answer. What is that action? That is not for me to decide.

I am personally not a viewer of Logan Paul's videos, but I do know he is not someone with a squeaky-clean image. Chaos is his reputation, his brand even. Even with a younger audience fan base, he is not afraid to push boundaries whether for views or for his own insane desires. While I don't doubt he must have an adoration of his fan base for their devotion, I am shocked by the videos he posts knowing how strongly they look up to him.

I hope he reflects on the repercussions of what he posts and gains some much needed maturity. If producing this many videos consistently prevents you to reflect on what you are actually putting out for the world to see, then it's time to rethink your posting schedule.

Most importantly, don't let your fans grow up without you, Logan.

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

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14.Go-Gurt

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