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Thousands sign petition to remove Logan Paul from YouTube after Japan 'suicide video'

More than 75,000 people have signed an online petition to remove vlogger Logan Paul from YouTube after he posted a controversial video.

Paul has faced heavy scrutiny after he uploaded a clip that showed the vlogger and his friends discovering a dead body in Japan's Aokigahara Forest - which is known to be a frequent site of suicides.

The video had millions of views before it was taken down.

The YouTube star issued a written, and video, apology after the initial wave of backlash, with many calling for him to be removed from the platform.

A petition has also been set up in an attempt to remove Paul from Youtube.

The Change.org petition has more than 75,000 signatures and claimed that Paul had gotten away "with a lot of stuff" on his channel, but the latest action "took it way to far".

"It's disgusting and shouldn't be tolerated," the petition read. "But with the power of the internet I think we can get rid of this s*****g once and for all, with your help of signing this petition it could lead to deleting his entire channel."

Many YouTube stars were also quick to slam Paul's video with Thomas Ridgewell tweeting: "Not sure what’s worse: the degenerate creature who exploits a corpse for views, the platform that allows it, or the audience that overwhelmingly supports it (look at all those likes)."

Video blogger Jacksepticeye slammed the video in a series of tweets.

"Saw the title of the vlog before and thought it was clickbait but he ACTUALLY did that!!! That is the most f***** up thing I've seen someone do on youtube. There is absolutely no defending that, wrong on so many levels," he wrote.

In his apology written on Twitter, Paul, who has more than 15 million YouTube subscribers predominantly due to popularity among child viewers who like his stunts involving bizarre scenarios, said his intention was to "raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention".

"This is a first for me. I've never faced criticism like this before, because I've never made a mistake like this before," he said.

"I'm surrounded by good people and believe I make good decisions, but I'm still a human being. I can be wrong."

The 22-year-old from Ohio, who is the older brother of former Disney star Jake Paul, added he "didn't do it for views".

"I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity. That's never the intention."

On Wednesday, Paul posted an apology via Twitter that received more than 1.5 million views as he asked his devoted fans not to defend him as he had made a mistake.

"For my fans who are defending my actions, please don't," he said.

"They do not deserve to be defended. The goal with my content is always to entertain, to push the boundaries and to be all-inclusive. In the world I live in I share almost everything I do, the intent is never to be heartless, cruel or malicious.

"I made a huge mistake, I don't expect to be forgiven. I am just here to apologise."

Online commenters described the video as "sickening", with many saying they would no longer allow their children to watch Paul's videos.

A number of celebrities responded on Twitter, with Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner and Breaking bad actor Aaron Paul. 

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

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