Logan Paul is being blamed by Google for increase in internet censorship - Dexerto

Logan Paul is being blamed by Google for increase in internet censorship

Published: 12/Oct/2018 21:16 Updated: 12/Oct/2018 21:38

by Virginia Glaze


Popular YouTuber Logan Paul has been cited by Google as a major factor in increased censorship online.

A leaked document from the company titled ‘The Good Censor’ names Paul’s controversial vlog in Japan’s Aokigahara ‘Suicide Forest’ as being one of many events that has led to this increase.

“Hugely popular Youtuber Logan Paul drew criticism for an insensitive clip of him seeing a suicide victim in Aokigahara forest, Japan,” the document reads. “…The controversy raised the question of how much censorship we should demand from Youtube, and whether it is putting profit before people.”


Paul faced massive criticism after the video went live, and has since uploaded multiple apology videos and hired an additional manager to monitor his content.

While YouTube pulled Paul from its premium advertising program and deleted the video in question, Paul remains a massive presence on the platform, and will even engage in a boxing rematch with fellow YouTuber Olajide ‘KSI’ Olatunji in summer of 2019.

Google likewise points to other major events as having affected censorship on their platform, from the shooting of Philando Castile to the 2018 U.S. presidential election.

While the company claims that free speech is a ‘utopian principle,’ it also holds that these events have ‘undermined’ it, and are struggling to find ways to prevent hate speech and the spread of misinformation.

Google has since responded to the leak, and claim that the document does not represent their official position on censorship, but instead offers research as to how users are responding to controversial issues.


David Dobrik spooked after drone leaves “creepy” note at his home

Published: 24/Oct/2020 13:21

by Georgina Smith


Yet again, something bizarre has been dropped off at YouTuber David Dobrik’s house, this time a bag of Chipotle along with a slightly unnerving note flown into his backyard via drone.

David Dobrik has accumulated an enormous fan base on YouTube both as part of the Vlog Squad and as an independent creator. With 18.5 million subscribers, and 23.5 million followers on TikTok, he’s certainly not short of people who love his content and personality.

However, being an online personality of such a large scale comes with its lack of privacy, and that exposure to the world in turn has some bizarre side effects, as David has experienced before.

Earlier in October, the content creator was stunned to find that someone had left an actual kitten on his doorstep in a duffel bag. CCTV footage captured a mysterious stranger placing the bag at his door, but their identity could not be determined.

David Dobrik, Instagram
YouTube star David Dobrik is one of the platform’s most popular content creators, boasting over 18 million subscribers.

Clearly that incident has inspired others to try their luck at delivering something to his house without direct consent.

Mysterious drone arrives for David Dobrik

In a video uploaded to his TikTok account, David showed a small drone placing a paper bag of Chipotle in his backyard. “Bro, this is so scary. Someone f**king flew Chipotle on a drone into my backyard, I’m not f**king kidding. What if it’s a f**king bomb, what do I do?”

@daviddobrikIve never seen something like this♬ original sound – DAVID DOBRIK

Also attached to the machine was a little green bag, which when opened revealed some other items along with a small orange handwritten note.

The note stated “you probably do not know who we are. But soon, the name Project better will be much more familiar. Thank you for being awesome, see you soon.”

An orage letter sent to David Dobrik
TikTok: daviddobrik
The letter was definitely a little bit strange.

The mysterious group went on to say that “if you want to film it we’ll be at the nearest Chipotle on riverside with one picture on it. PS: the sauce is half-full because it was too heavy. Enjoy.”

While the incident appears to be relatively well-intentioned, it clearly freaked David and his friends out. The mysterious note referring to a group that will soon be “familiar” to him is certainly eerie, as is the ease at which it was able to access his yard.

It’s not yet clear whether David will really end up meeting the senders of the drone, or even if he ate the food it brought, but people certainly found it interesting as the video now has over 600,000 likes and 2.6 million views.