- In the video, the vlogger's group visits the Japanese Aokigahara forest, which is known throughout Japan as "suicide forest." Signs posted there offer a hotline number and urge suicidal visitors to seek help.
- The group encountered and showed footage of a suicide victim and filmed their reactions, which included shock and sadness but also laughter and disrespect for the victim.
- An article on Wired.com has more background on this story.
- Vloggers such as this one earn millions of dollars per year - YouTube takes a 45% cut of their advertising revenue.
- The more money the vloggers make, the more money YouTube makes. Views=dollars. It's estimated that this particular vlogger earned approximately $15 million last year).
- First, the vlogger in question is only 22 years old and on his own, with no evident adult guidance or supervision.
- Content is often screened by artificial intelligence or low-level employees, after already being posted.
- "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.”
- Other users clone the footage and then insert altered content, deleting the most graphic images, to avoid detection.
- It’s clear to me from his apology that the vlogger realizes what a devastating mistake he made: could this be a teachable moment for families whose children follow him on YouTube?
- Have a conversation not only about the unborn, but also about the dignity of every human life, including the elderly and the poor.
- Discuss suicide in an open fashion, study warning signs and keep an open door policy for the teens and young adults in your life.
Copyright 2018 Lisa Hendey
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