‘Jealous hackers’ delete all of Vine star Ben Phillips’ clips

'Jealous hackers' delete all of Vine star Ben Phillips' clips
Ben Phillips has been approached by Ford and BT to feature their products in his Vines (Picture: Instagram)

A British Vine star who earns up to £2,000 a second from his clips has said all his videos were deleted by ‘jealous hackers’.

Ben Phillips, 22, made headlines last week after revealing companies like Ford, BT, Peugeot and Nokia had paid him up to £12,000 to have their products features in his enormously popular six-second clips.

But the Bridgend man, who has more than 1.3million followers on Vine, has blamed ‘jealous hackers’ after all his clips were deleted from the short-form video site.

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All the clips from Ben's account have gone (Picture: Vine)
All the clips from Ben’s account have gone (Picture: Vine)

‘I’m thinking it’s because of all the recent press I’ve been doing about my success with Vine,’ he told BBC Newsbeat.

‘It’s definitely a hack. My passwords change every week and my email address is completely generic. You wouldn’t be able to guess.

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‘Everything’s gone from my first ever Vine right up to now. It’s like memories, a photo book that has been deleted.’

Ben said that although he features products in some of his Vines, he doesn’t want to ‘pump sales down everyone’s throats’ and tries to make adverts ‘as much fun as possible.’

The 22-year-old has asked the company, whose office is based in New York, if they can restore his Vines but is still awaiting their response.

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10 March 2015 | 5:38 pm – Source: metro.co.uk


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