“Gangnam Style” reached the unprecedented milestone of one billion YouTube views on December 21, 2012. A spoof documentary by videographer Simon Gosselin[39] was posted on YouTube and had promoted 2012 doomsday rumors across social media services such as Facebook and Twitter that linked “Gangnam Style” to a fake Nostradamus prophecy.[40] On December 21, at around 15:50 UTC, the video’s YouTube page updated with 1,000,382,639 views.[41] YouTube specially marked the video’s accomplishments with a cartoon dancing Psy animated icon, added first by the site logo,[42] and later next to the video’s view counter when it exceeded a billion views.[43] On April 6, 2013 the video on YouTube reached 1.5 billion views.[44] On June 1, 2014, the music video reached two billion views,[45] and on December 1, it broke YouTube’s 32-bit view counter by surpassing 2,147,483,647 views, forcing the company to upgrade.[46]
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