Rick Astley Is Back On YouTube

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A popular Internet joke is Rickrolling. It's a harmless prank that tricks people into clicking on an Internet link. It takes you to a YouTube video of 80s pop singer Rick Astley performing Never Gonna Give You Up. The video disappeared on Wednesday. Seems someone had flagged the video as spam, so YouTube took it down. But it's back now.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

And today's last word in business is Rick rolled. A popular Internet scam - scam, we say advisedly - that you need to watch out for, especially if you are allergic to 1980s pop music. It's called rickrolling. It's a harmless prank, or supposedly harmless prank, that tricks people into clicking on an Internet link. That link takes you to a YouTube video of pop singer Rick Astley performing "Never Going to Give You Up."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "NEVER GOING TO GIVE YOU UP")

M: (Singing) We're no strangers to love, you know the rules and so do I...

INSKEEP: Yesterday, after more than 30 million views of this, the video disappeared to shock and dismay. One Twitter user wrote: A little bit of the Internet died today. But never fear, it was all a mistake. Seems somebody had flagged the video as spam, so YouTube took it down. Now, however, we're happy to report the video is back up.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "NEVER GOING TO GIVE YOU UP")

M: (Singing) Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you, never gonna make you cry...

INSKEEP: And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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