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The Los Angeles Police Department has launched an investigation into Brooke Houts after a viral YouTube video captures the vlogger abusing her dog.

“Our Animal Cruelty Task Force has received numerous complaints about the video you’re speaking of and we are currently looking into the matter,” an LAPD media representative told The Verge.

Houts has over 330,000 subscribers, and recorded a video of herself seemingly smacking and spitting on her dog. The 'unedited' version was apparently uploaded as a mistake and taken down later.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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YouTube didn't reply to The Verge about whether further action is being taken against Houts’ channel, but the platform bans videos that include or incite abuse towards any animals.

Houts issued a statement on Twitter after the clip went viral, apologising to “anyone who has been affected negatively by the footage" and saying; “things in my outside life have been less than exceptional.”

The YouTuber later defended herself by saying her dog is 75 pounds and “when he is jumping up in my face with his mouth open, I, as a dog parent, have to show him that this behaviour is unacceptable.”

“But I want to make it known that regardless of what my dog does, I should not have acted that way towards him,” Houts said.

YouTubers including Logan Paul (of all people) have referred to the incident as deplorable and disturbing. She is also being compared to Twitch streamer Natalia “Alinity” Mogollon, who threw her cat over her shoulder.

Houts has insisted she’s ‘not a dog abuser’. The 20-year-old’s dog Sphinx jumps up at her while she’s filming a video with him, and she appears to smack the dog before shouting ‘No!’

When Sphinx tries to lick her face while she’s filming, she pushes the Doberman out of the way with both hands. Logan Paul called the clip ‘remarkably grotesque,’ before claiming that Brooke put on an act for fame.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Logan commented:

"Discipline your animals should they misbehave. I get it, but despite the hitting, the spitting is a totally unwarranted, inappropriate, and vile display of energy that makes this woman completely unfit to own that dog."

"Anything I say isn’t going to make those who believe I’m a bad person stop believing that, and I’m aware of this," Brooke wrote.

"The bubbly, happy-go-lucky Brooke that you often see in my videos is typically an accurate representation of me, but it’s obvious that I’m playing up my mood in this video when I’m clearly actually frustrated. That being said, this does NOT justify me yelling at my dog in the way that I did, and I’m fully aware of that."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Should I have gotten as angry as I did in the video? No. Should I have raised my voice and yelled at him? No."

The American YouTube star continued: "But I want to make it known, REGARDLESS of what my dog does, I should not have acted that way towards him.

"I am NOT a dog abuser or animal abuser in any way, shape, or form. Anyone who has witnessed or heard true animal abuse will be able to clearly see that."

She also claimed that Sphinx wasn’t hurt by her actions and that, if he was audibly in pain, "it would have been a different story". Her channel is currently still live.

Feature image; YouTube/@brookehouts/Instagram/@intouchweekly 

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Irish YouTuber Seán McLoughlin, who has almost 21 MILLION subscribers, has now become one of the video platform's highest paid stars, according to Forbes.

The 28-year-old, who is known to his many followers as Jacksepticeye, earned a whopping €14 million from mid-2017 until May 2018. 

This means that the star is number eight in the publication's top 10 highest earners.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Hailing from Athlone, Seán McLoughlin has been uploading reviews and commentaries on video games for nearly seven years, and in total his videos have been viewed over 10 billion times.

He refers to his own videos as  an “assault on the senses” that people “either love or hate”, and says using curse words is a major key to his success, weirdly enough.

“The more you swear the better. People react very positively to that, apparently.” Strange… but very Irish.

McLoughlin has made a Disney series despite the dodgy bad language, and is developing content for the live-streaming platform Twitch.

He has also launched Cloak, a a “high-end athleisure and lifestyle line for gamers”, with Mark Fischbach (YouTube name Markiplier), who is number six on Forbes' list.

Pre-sale items in the range sold out in 48 hours, but our question is why do gamers need sporty clothing?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The tob earning Youtube channels currently are Ryan ToysReview, Jake Paul, Dude Perfect, DanTDM, Jeffree Star, VanossGaming, VanossGaming and Logan Paul. Yep, the one who filmed a dead body.

Ryan, of Ryan ToysReview, has over 17 million followers and almost 26 billion views. Oh, and he’s also seven years old. The child millionaire earned most of his money from adverts shown before his videos.

Wow…2018 is a wild ride. Baby millionaires, people who film dead bodies earning a fortune and video-gamers forking in €14 million from their laptops. 

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Logan Paul came under fire last month after filming the body of a suicide victim and uploading the footage to the internet. 

YouTuber visited Aokigahara, Japan, also known as the suicide forest due to the high number of suicides that occur there.

While there, Paul and his posse of friends discovered the body of an individual who has taken their own life.

 

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Rather than respectfully leaving the individual alone, the YouTuber, who has over 15 million followers, filmed the body and made a vlog out of the experience. 

The video faced huge backlash, but was featured on YouTubes trending page for a number of hours. 

The video was eventually removed, but many other YouTubers felt that there was a double standard for Paul's videos versus theirs because oif his massive following. 

YouTube recently tightened their rules surrounding advertiser friendly content on the video hosting site, leading to a large number of alternative channels being de monetised completely . 

 

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While Paul's suicide body video did not get advertising suspended on his account, a recent video of him toying with the dead bodies of animals has. 

A video uploaded by Paul to his channel shows him using a tazer gun to damage the bodies of dead rodents. 

Animal lovers were outraged by his behaviour, and claimed that his actions would incite cruelty to animals in his very young fan base. 

 

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'How many chances does Logan Paul get?' reads a PETA statement.

'PETA finds it repulsive that this “internet personality” with millions of impressionable young followers has not learned the lesson that there is sadness, not humour, in the death of others.'

'This sort of content has no place on YouTube or anywhere else, as it could desensitize young people to cruelty to animals, so PETA is calling on the platform to remove it.'

On the back of this criticism, YouTube has suspended advertising on his channel. Advertising makes up a huge portion of income for YouTubers. 

'In response to Logan Paul’s recent pattern of behaviour, we’ve temporarily suspended ads on his channels,' reads a tweet from YouTube. 

Perhaps now he will finally learn his lesson?

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Disgraced YouTube star Logan Paul is attempting to regain his followers' trust after a video he filmed in the Aokigahara, also known as Japan's 'suicide forest', received huge backlash online.

The video, which was uploaded on December 31 and has since been deleted, contained footage showing the body of an individual who had taken their own life.

Needless to say, the video was widely condemned for its graphic and insensitive content.

Since then, Logan has apologised for his misguided actions, saying: Let's start with this—I'm sorry.'

‘I've never faced criticism like this before, because I've never made a mistake like this before.’

‘I'm surrounded by good people and believe I make good decisions, but I'm still a human being. I can be wrong.’

‘I didn't do it for views. I get views. I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the Internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity.’

Three weeks after the YouTuber issued his official apology, he has now returned to the platform with a seven-minute suicide awareness video which he hopes will 'make a difference in the world'.

The video, which has received a largely positive response so far, follows Logan he attempts to educate himself by speaking to a number of suicide experts and mental health activists, as well as a suicide survivor.

The 22-year-old also pledged to donate $1 million to prevention groups.

"It's time to learn from the past as I get better and grow as a human being. I’m here to have a hard conversation so that those who are suffering have easier ones," he says.

The video finishes with a message urging anyone who may be feeling emotionally distressed to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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YouTuber Logan Paul faced major criticism two weeks ago after uploading a video of a deceased suicide victim to his 15 million subscribers.

The content creator visited Aokigahara, also known as the suicide forest due to the high number of suicides that occur there.

While there, Paul discovered the body of an individual who has taken their own life, filmed their body, and made a vlog about it.

 

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Since then, the YouTuber has apologised in a brief video, and has been disgraced by his actions.

The videographer has been staying out of the spotlight ever since, but had a message for critics when he was spotted by TMZ at a Los Angeles airport yesterday.

When asked about the situation, Logan Paul told paparazzi that: ‘Everyone deserves second chances, bro.’

 

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The internet celebrity was also asked what he had learned from his mistake, to which he replied: ‘Everything. So many things.’

Paps also asked the creator when a more thorough response and explanation for his actions could be expected.

The answer? ‘Soon,’ apparently.

His apology video has been viewed almost 45 million times on YouTube since the scandal broke. 

 

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On December 31, well-known YouTuber, Logan Paul, deemed it appropriate to upload footage of a man who had taken his own life in a forest in Japan.

The backlash was swift and severe, and in spite of Logan's two apologies, YouTubers have been quick to turn their back on him.

However, a decline in popularity is by far the least significant outcome of the ill-advised decision, with authorities in Japan asserting that 22-year-old Paul could face charges should he return to Japan.

Speaking to The Daily Beast, Taihei Ogawa, one of Japan's most decorated and well-respected former police officers, said: "It’s not an issue that you’re Japanese or a foreigner—but that you’re breaking the law."

"And you’re showing these lawless acts to thousands of people who follow you on YouTube, which sets a bad example," he added.

"Even if you did things as a prank, you damaged property, you bothered people, you obstructed the work of innocent people trying to make an honest living, you were rude to many and you were a pain in the ass."

Paul's potential charges would include destruction of property, public indecency, interference with business operations and traffic violations.

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YouTuber Logan Paul  faced major criticism after uploading a video of a deceased suicide victim to his 15 million subscribers. 

The content creator visited Aokigahara, also known as the suicide forest due to the high number of suicides that occur there.

While there, Paul discovered the body of an individual who has taken their own life, filmed their body, and made a vlog about it. 

 

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Since the backlash, Paul has tweeted to defend himself. 

Now, the YouTuber has uploaded an apology video, which has been viewed over 13,000,000 times. 

In the short video, simply entitled 'So Sorry,' the former Disney actor admitted that he should never have filmed the deceased individual. 

'I want to apologise to the internet. I want to apologise to anyone who has seen the video.'

'I want to apologise to anyone who has been affected or touched by mental illness, or depression, or suicide.'

'But most importantly I want to apologise to the victim and his family,' he said in the video, his eyes red and brimming with tears. 

 

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'For my fans who are defending my actions, please don't. I don’t deserve to be defended.'

'My goal with my content is always to entertain; to push the boundaries, to be all-inclusive.'

'In the world live in, I share almost everything I do. The intent is never to be heartless, cruel, or malicious.'

'I've made a huge mistake, I don't expect to be forgiver. I will be better.' 

 

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If you’re anyway familiar with current YouTube trends, you’ll have heard of Paul Logan by now.

The former Disney TV actor boasts over 15 million followers on his channel, which focuses on vlogs, challenges and titles such as ‘MY ASSISTANT GOT PREGNANT IN MY HOUSE’ and ‘MY NEW $3,000,000 WATCH.’

The YouTuber has found fame with his young following, but has received major criticism for his most recent video.

 

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The internet celebrity is currently uploading vlogs and videos from a trip to Japan.

In one video, the YouTuber visits Aokigahara, also known as the suicide forest due to the high number of suicides that occur there.

While there, Paul and his posse of friends discover the body of an individual who has taken their own life.

 

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Paul filmed the deceased individual and uploaded the content to his channel, where it was viewed by his 15 million strong audience.

The video caused shock waves due to its graphic and insensitive content and Logan is under fire for the upload.

He has since apologised for his misguided actions, saying: ‘Let's start with this—I'm sorry.’

‘I've never faced criticism like this before, because I've never made a mistake like this before.’

‘I'm surrounded by good people and believe I make good decisions, but I'm still a human being. I can be wrong.’

‘I didn't do it for views. I get views. I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the Internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity.’

‘I intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention…I'm often reminded of how big of a reach I truly have and with great power comes great responsibility.’

'For the first time in my life I'm regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly. It won't happen again,’ he finished.

While Paul did include a number of suicide prevention contact details in the video, the entire situation was perceived as insensitive and disrespectful.

His apology was met by scepticism from many. 

'How is filming someone’s death a “mistake” then you post it on YouTube? That was not a mistake,' said one Twitter user. 

'You CHOSE to do it and you should have known the consequences so now you can face them.'

The video has since been removed, but versions of it and videos criticising its content are still available. 

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