‘Despacito’ video deleted from YouTube by hackers after reaching 5B views
A couple of days after reaching the 5 billion viewership mark on YouTube the Despacito video was hacked and put down. The effect was temporary but this was not limited to only this song but a few of other Vevo song were also affected.
On the whole, it was the video platform Vevo which was apparently hacked. Other singers, including Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Drake, and Shakira, were also affected by Tuesday's disruption.
A Vevo spokeswoman said in a statement:
In case of Despacito video, the thumbnail of the video was changed with a group of masked men aiming guns. Some videos had their titles renamed to "hacked by Kuroi'sh and Prosox," and "free Palestine". Although the content of the videos was unchanged.
YouTube also jumped in to help Vevo:
For now, the videos have been reinstated, the Despacito video is also online and has the same number of views.