The most viewed video in YouTube history appears to have been deleted 3 years ago

The most viewed video in YouTube history appears to have been deleted

Some people are probably delighted that 'Despacito' is gone...

Luis Fonsi's record-breaking video for 'Despacito' appears to have been deleted from YouTube.

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It was only five days ago that the video was announced as it became the first video in history to reach 5bn views. Released in January last year, it was far ahead of No. 2 video See You Again (from Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, with under 3.5 billion views) and Gangnam Style (from Psy, with 3.1 billion views).

However, it now appears that the video has been deleted from YouTube.

When you search the video on Google, a still image appears showing several masked figures aiming guns at the camera. This is not a scene from the song fuelling speculation that some kind of hack may have occurred.

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When you click into the video, this message appears...

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It appears that hackers, calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi'sh, have interfered with dozens of videos on the platform, either by deleting them, changing the descriptions or commenting on them.

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Artists such as Taylor Swift and Drake have also been affected.