Just five days after hitting the milestone of 5 billion views, YouTube’s most watched video – Despacito by Luis Fonsi has been deleted in an apparent hack.
The thumbnail of the video shows several masked men pointing a gun towards the camera, which is from a TV show on Netflix called Money Heist (or “casa de papel”). But when you try to play it you get the message “This video is unavailable”.
And Despacito isn’t the only one. More than a dozen other artists including Shakira, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Drake have also been affected. The original clips had been posted by Vevo. Some videos have been renamed and some completely deleted.
The BBC reports that a Twitter account appearing to belong to one of the hackers posted: “It’s just for fun, I just use [the script] ‘youtube-change-title-video’ and I write ‘hacked’. “Don’t judge me I love YouTube,” it added.
Independent.co.uk has contacted Luis Fonsi’s representative for comment. YouTube and Vevo have also been contacted by them.