Luis Fonsi’s record-breaking video for “Despacito” appears to have been deleted from YouTube in an apparent hack.
Just five days after it was announced that the video, which also features Daddy Yankee, had reached the remarkable milestone of becoming the first YouTube video in history to reach 5 billion views, it disappeared.
A still on the video shows several masked figures aiming guns at the camera, which is not a scene from the “Despacito” video. When fans attempt to press play, it says the video is unavailable.
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.
The hackers, calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi’sh, wrote “Free Palestine” beneath the videos. Several clips remain live at the time of writing.
The Spanish-language hit “Despacito” was released in January 2017, and went on to break several records in music streaming, including one for the single with the most weeks at No 1 in the US, with 16 consecutive weeks.
It also became the most-streamed song in the world after reaching 4.6 billion plays. A remix of the song featuring Justin Bieber also proved hugely popular.
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.
The Independent has contacted Luis Fonsi’s representative for comment. YouTube and Vevo have also been contacted