“Our hearts go out to the family of the person featured in the video. YouTube prohibits violent or gory content posted in a shocking, sensational or disrespectful manner. If a video is graphic, it can only remain on the site when supported by appropriate educational or documentary information and in some cases it will be age-gated. We partner with safety groups such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to provide educational resources that are incorporated in our YouTube Safety Center.”
DeFranco’s followers were quick to point out its lack of any real meaning or substance, to which DeFranco agreed.
Although Paul’s video is no longer on his channel, it was not YouTube who removed it — as many netizens noted, his video was promoted by YouTube, even monetized, before Paul self-deleted the infamous VLog.
Others pointed to the seemingly preferential treatment YouTube is giving Paul.
YouTube is not the only corporation being asked for a statement — according to BuzzFeed
, previous partners, such as HBO and Disney, are being asked to comment on the matter.
Statements have been emailed to BuzzFeed:
“A spokesperson for HBO said Logan did a Game of Thrones-related ‘marketing promotion’ on Vine for the network ‘years ago.’
‘But we have not worked with him since nor do we have plans to,’ the spokesperson said.
A spokesperson for Virgin Mobile said, ‘While we did work with Logan Paul on one Vine video back in early 2014, we have not worked with him since and have no plans to in the future. As such, social media posts that express his views, opinions and content have nothing to do with Virgin Mobile.'”
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