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Logan Paul Returns to YouTube Promoting Suicide Awareness

Logan Paul Returns to YouTube Promoting Suicide Awareness

In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, YouTube personality Logan Paul arrives at Jingle Ball in Inglewood, California. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 25 January 2018 02:27 PM

Logan Paul returned to YouTube on Wednesday after he sparked a backlash by airing footage of a dead body from an apparent suicide last month, posting a video that promoted suicide awareness and featuring a suicide survivor, National Public Radio reported.

The new episode on Paul's vlog featured Kevin Hines who survived jumping off of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge in his suicide attempt at 19, NPR said.

"For every one person that dies by suicide, there's 287 other people that think seriously about it but don't," Hines says in the video. Hines said there is a need for communities to notice and help — and for people who are suffering to "be honest about their pain," NPR reported.

Paul was roundly criticized in December for airing video from Japan's Aokigahara forest, dubbed the "suicide forest" for the number of people who have taken their lives there, according to CNN.

Along with the criticism from social media users, Paul's YouTube channels were removed from Google Preferred, a designation that helps advertisers identify YouTube's top-performing channels, CNN Money noted.

He also was removed from the web series "Foursome," which airs on YouTube Red, the site's premium subscription service, CNN wrote.

"I know I've let people down," Paul said in the video. "But what happens if given an opportunity to help make a difference in the world? It's time to learn from the past and get better and grow up as a human being. I'm here to have a hard conversation so those who are suffering can have easier ones."

The video has been viewed more than 10 million times. Some on social media were not ready to give Paul a pass.

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