Logan Paul taking time off YouTube after suicide video backlash

One of the world's most prominent YouTubers is "taking time to reflect" after facing a venomous backlash to a video which appeared to show him mocking a suicide victim.

In a post on Twitter, Logan Paul announced to his followers - dubbed the 'LoGang' - that he would be posting "no vlog for now" but that he'd "see [them] soon".

Paul's tweet comes a matter of days after a controversial video posted to his YouTube channel featured him and friends giggling near the body of a man who had taken his own life in a forest in Japan.

After a backlash, he removed the video and apologised, but continued to face condemnation for his actions - with Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner, Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul and Piers Morgan among his most vocal detractors.

Paul, who has more than 15 million YouTube subscribers, deleted the video from his channel after it was widely panned - but it was still seen by at least 6.3 million people.

In it, he can be seen circling the body with the camera and zooming in on it, all while screaming, "what the f*** is going on?" and "it doesn't make sense, bro".

YouTube confirmed on Thursday that the video violated its policies, but refused to respond to questions on why the clip was up for so long and why Paul deleted it himself, and not the company.

"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," a YouTube spokeswoman told CNN Tech.

"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."

It is not known when Paul is likely to return.

If you wish to talk to someone about mental illness or domestic violence, you can call Lifeline on 0800 543 354, the Depression Helpline on 0800 111 757 or the National Telehealth Service on 1737.

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