Logan Paul may have taken a break from YouTube amidst the backlash against him, but is hasn’t hurt his stats in the slightest.
The 22-year-old has sparked a huge debate on YouTube culture after he posted a video showing the body of a man who had taken his own life in the Aokigahara forest, referred to as the Japanese suicide forest.
Logan removed the video after a day but his name began trending as people slammed him for the distasteful and upsetting video, including Aaron Paul, who told the vlogger to ‘rot in hell’.
However, in terms of subscribers, the scandal has actually benefited Logan.
While his Logan Paul Vlogs channel usually attracts between 45,000 and 60,000 new subscribers each day, his subscriber count jumped on 3 January, the day after the scandal surrounding the video erupted.
While on the day the video went mainstream Logan gained just 17,111 new subscribers, according to data site Vid Stats X, the following day, 81,114 people signed up to follow his channel.
Logan now has well over 15 million subscribers on his channel.
And his apology video has also attracted way more views than usual.
While his daily vlogs average at 6 millon views, his apology posted two days ago entitled ‘So Sorry’ has racked up 28 million views.
After issuing two apologies for the ‘We found a dead body in the Japanese suicide forest’ video, Logan told fans he would be stepping away from vlogging to ‘reflect’.
The Logan Paul controversy has opened up a wider debate on YouTube guidelines and what is acceptable from vloggers.
YouTube said: ‘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.’