Hackers delete ‘Despacito’ from YouTube after video garners 5 billion views in apparent political statement

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The song’s title translates to “Slowly” in English, but the video’s removal from YouTube has been anything but.

Luis Fonsi’s hit sensation has been deleted from YouTube just days after it became the first video on the video streaming platform to chart 5 billion views. The hackers responsible for “Despacito’s” disappearance have replaced Fonsi’s famed music video with one that depicts a series of masked figures pointing guns at the camera. Claiming the names of “Prosox” and “Kuroi’sh,” the hackers additionally wrote “Free Palestine” underneath the video.

The hack has also affected VEVO supported videos, including those from Selena Gomez, Shakira, Taylor Swift, and Drake.

H/T: NME

YouTube Hack Replaces “Despacito” And Other Hit Videos With Image Of Masked Gunmen

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The most-viewed YouTube video of all time, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” fell victim to hackers today. YouTube pulled the video down after discovering that it was tampered with. The thumbnail was replaced by an image of a masked gang from the Netflix show Casa De Papel. (You can check out the … More »

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Ever since YouTube launched back in 2005, the streaming website has become a global giant. Psy’s “Gangnam Style” became the first video to break the 2 billion views mark, but now more than 21 videos have since made this accomplishment. Since Psy’s accomplishment, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” became the first YouTube video to

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Grammys 2018: Performances From Worst To Best

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Following the success of the record-breaking “Despacito” which became the first video on YouTube to surpass 4 billion views in just 272 days, Latin music is having quite the explosive moment on YouTube. Back in January, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee released “Despacito” and gained a new wave of popularity when Justin Bieber remixed the

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For the 2017 year, Variety has once again pulled in to the top songs of 2017. This year, Variety teamed up with BuzzAngle Music to create a custom chart that included audio streams, video streams, song sales, Shazam tags, and radio spins. As you’ll see from the list below, Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” slightly

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