Logan Paul returns to YouTube, donates US$1 million to suicide prevention groups

YouTube star Logan Paul made his return by posting a new video on his vlogging channel on Jan 24, 2018.
YouTube star Logan Paul made his return by posting a new video on his vlogging channel on Jan 24, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (WP) - Logan Paul's return to YouTube was inevitable. Three weeks after apologising for posting a video about a suicide victim, losing his access to YouTube's premium ad programme and seeing his future projects with YouTube's subscription service put on hold, he posted a new video on his vlogging channel on Wednesday.

He has also pledged US$1 million (S$1.3 million) to various suicide prevention groups.

When Paul found a dead body in a Japanese forest, he called the resulting video "the most real vlog I have ever posted on this channel".

The vlog's thumbnail contained a partially blurred image of the body hanging from a tree.

It drew a torrent of protests from many people.

The new video on Wednesday is a documentation of Paul learning why his suicide video was so wrong. It begins not with Paul's voice, but that of Kevin Hines, a suicide activist and survivor, talking about how he survived jumping over the Golden Gate Bridge at 19.

Paul also talks to Dr John Draper, director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

 

The latter tells Paul five steps for helping to prevent suicide.