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Wandering Around The Web: YouTubers and Throners unite

This past week saw an eye-roll worthy civil war on YouTube but major excitement from GoT fans

Sayonara, Logan Paul... seriously

We all make stupid mistakes in our teen years and early 20s... when we spend a little too much money on a dress, when we skip classes to recover from a fantastic night of partying or when we travel to Japan’s Aokigahara forest and film ourselves interacting with a dead body. Oh, you didn’t do that last one? Well, YouTuber Logan Paul did, and he shared the video with his 15-million-plus subscribers.

The 22-year-old is not the first YouTuber to venture into the terrifying Aokigahara forest, but he is the first hugely public figure to do so in this manner. Upon sharing the video, fans around the world were in two minds: one set found Paul’s video gutsy and wickedly cool, while another found his actions deplorable, as it looked as though he were disturbing the body’s peace. Remarkably, it’s not as though he went to a haunted motel; Paul went to a place where people actively take their own lives as a result of serious depression.

The video was pulled down by YouTube and Paul issued two apologies; the first one was a mess, and the second had him looking like a deer in the headlights and said he won’t be posting for a while. Okay, Logan, see you, not so soon.

Various YouTubers spoke up against Paul, including Japanese YouTuber Reina Scully, who asked, “Why go to Japan to do this?” In an instant, she was met with hateful comments from Paul’s numerous fans.

What’s most interesting and greatly disappointing, however, is YouTube’s response. How did Paul’s horrifically disrespectful video top YouTube’s ‘Trending’ list, and why did it take so long for the company to take action? Content moderation on the platform is a serious issue, especially after the announcement just last year that YouTube will be more watchful of such content. This revisits the YouTube problem about which many complain.

Start throning...

Wandering Around The Web: YouTubers and Throners unite

We’re barely a fortnight into 2018 and the countdown to 2019 has already begun, thanks to Game of Thrones. With the season seven finale having aired last August, Throners have been experiencing some serious withdrawal symptoms, a somewhat interesting walk of shame we’ve been suffering.

So when the 2019 release date for season eight was confirmed, the Internet imploded: memes were born, tweets were retweeted and people started countdown apps on their phone. The eighth and final season will have just six episodes — so I’ll just have to take the day off, you know, for research purposes.

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