Edit: After reading the comments in this thread, I'm a bit disappointed that other HN users seem to have this mindset as well.
Why do you think religion is so conveniently regional? It just so happens that people born in a Protestant family believe Luther was right, and people in the Middle East just happen to mostly believe in the teachings of Muhammad? Possible, but the odds are slim.
I know you were being rhetorical, but just say that. “He believes that because of his environment.” Great, what else is new?
(Ps: the vapid ire for Justin Bieder is broadly dispersed. It’s quite likely they picked it up from pop culture. Patting each other on the back for irrationally hating this guy is the saddest fad of the decade, and adults really should know better. But there you go.)
I admit I'm not unbiased in this regard. There's a part of me that respects religion and there's a part of me that feels it's the one of the worst things in the world. There's a part of me that does want to give people a hard time for holding beliefs that I consider to be insane, and there's a part of me that has better things to do with his time and isn't sure he could offer anything practically better than what he would tear down.
Rather than editing it further, let me clarify here: To anyone who follows a religion and feels unwelcome: I’m sorry, please don’t feel unwelcome :) I’m just some guy. Don’t mind me. I don’t speak for HN at all. There are lots of nice and respectful people here. I want you to feel welcome! Sorry for using religion as an example to prove a point about Justin Bieber.
On a serious note: Are all VEVO accounts linked to one account because it is very weird that so many artists got hacked in one go.
Probably simple password hack? You would hope that big accounts use 2FA or is that not available for Youtube (I thought it was available across all google sites)?
There's likely quite a few people who can administer those channels even if you count only VEVO.
Anyway, you're assuming that YouTube went rouge restored the videos completely without input of the original uploader instead of the rightful account holder taking back control over the account? Why jump to that conclusion?
If your issue is with Youtube not deleting videos from their server, it's entirely in the account holder's interest for deleted videos to go to Purgatory for a period of time. YouTube HAS to plan for the case of hacks and mistakes because their users are humans. A very small minority will complain about "yar, yar, they said 'delete'" but the vast majority would say "I'm so glad YouTube undid the damage."