Mutant Giant Spider Dog, a short film featuring a dog in a tarantula costume, was the biggest “trending” video on YouTube in 2014, Google has announced.
With over 113 million views since it was posted in September, Mutant Giant Spider Dog was the most shared and discussed online, according to YouTube.
The short horror film was made in Poland.
Katy Perry’s Dark Horse music video was the most popular with 715 million views.
Facebook recorded over 3 billion interactions about the Brazil World Cup this year.
Brazil World Cup 2014 was “the most talked about event” on Facebook since the comapny began measuring event-based chat, with over 350 million people posting about the game.
However Brazil’s presidential election attracted even more chat on the social media platform, with 674 million interactions recorded by 48 million people.
The most played games on the Facebook platform were Bubble Witch 2 Saga and Candy Crush Soda Saga.
Google has released lists of the most watched material on YouTube in a blog post.
Swedish games commentator Felix Kjellberg, aka Pewdiepie, gained the most subscribers for his YouTube channel for the second year running, with over 32 million subscribers.
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Katy Perry has been sued by Christian hip-hop stars, who claim her hit Dark Horse ripped off their track Joyful Noise.
They accused Katy Perry of using the 2008 track without permission, tarnishing its “devoutly religious message” with images of “witchcraft” and “black magic.”
Joyful Noise comes from Flame’s Grammy-nominated album Our World: Redeemed.
Dark Horse topped the US Billboard chart for several weeks in January.
The group of rappers – Flame aka Marcus Gray, Lecrae Moore, Emanuel Lambert and Chike Ojukwu – are seeking damages from Katy Perry, guest artist Juicy J, Capitol Records and songwriters Dr Luke and Max Martin for copyright infringement.
Katy Parry has been sued for ripping off Joyful Noise for her mega-hit Dark Horse
Court papers in St Louis, Missouri, show they also want an injunction and profits gained from the unauthorized use of their track, stating Katy Perry had performed Dark Horse at sold-out concerts throughout the US and sold millions of copies.
“The devoutly religious message of Joyful Noise has been irreparably tarnished by its association with the witchcraft, paganism, black magic, and Illuminati imagery evoked by the same music in Dark Horse,” said the rappers’ complaint.
They continued: “Indeed, the music video of Dark Horse generated widespread accusations of blasphemy and an online petition signed by more than 60,000 demanding removal of an offensive religious image from the video.”
The video for Dark Horse was edited in February this year following the complaints, with a pendant featuring the Arabic word for God being digitally “scrubbed” out of the scene.
More than 440 million people have watched the video on YouTube since February this year.
Flame said the track’s similarities to Joyful Noise were brought to his attention by his DJ, Cho’zyn Boy. The DJ compiled an audio comparison of the two songs, published by Rapzilla, after noticing comments about them on Twitter.
They claim Katy Perry and her collaborators “never sought or obtained permission” to use Joyful Noise for “creating, reproducing, recording, distributing, selling, or publicly performing” Dark Horse.
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Katy Perry’s video for her new track Dark Horse has been edited following claims from some Muslims it was blasphemous.
More than 65,000 people signed a petition which stated the video – featuring a pendant with the Arabic word for God on it being reduced to sand – was offensive.
The music video has not been cut, but the pendant has now been digitally “scrubbed” out of the scene.
Petition instigator Shazad Iqbal, said he was “thrilled” with the outcome.
“The name of Allah has been removed from the Dark Horse video – we couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support so I thank each and every one of you deeply, our voices have been heard,” he wrote on Change.org.
Katy Perry’s Dark Horse video has been edited following claims from some Muslims it was blasphemous
“I feel that the impact we have made and the total number of signatures obtained does convey just how worthy a cause this is, it is a significant step towards the right direction.”
It is unclear whether YouTube made the change or if it was instructed to by Katy Perry’s record company.
Katy Perry’s video features the pop star as an Egyptian queen who transforms suitors into sand by disintegrating them.
Shazad Iqbal, from Bradford, began the petition after he spotted one of the suitors wearing the pendant.
Explaining his reasons for starting the petition, Shazad Iqbal wrote: “Blasphemy is clearly conveyed in the video, since Katy Perry – who appears to be representing an opposition of God – engulfs the believer and the word God in flames.”
“Using the name of God in an irrelevant and distasteful manner would be considered inappropriate by any religion,” he added.
Katy Perry’s Dark Horse video has attracted more than 37 million views since it premiered on YouTube on February 20.
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