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M.I.A video 'removed by YouTube'

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British rapper M.I.A's latest music video is being removed by YouTube, the video website says.

The 9 minute long clip for new track Born Free depicts a number of gun carrying 'soldiers' executing redheaded people in graphic detail.

Confirming the content is being removed in the UK and US, a spokesperson for YouTube said: "On YouTube the rules prohibit content like pornography or gratuitous violence.

"If the content breaks our terms then we remove it and if a user repeatedly breaks the rules we disable their account."

M.I.A's UK record label XL said they had no comment.

The video is directed by Romain Gavras who has previously worked on music videos for The Last Shadow Puppets and french dance duo Justice.

M.I.A enjoyed a worldwide hit with her track Paper Planes when it was re-released after featuring on the soundtrack of Slumdog Millionaire in 2008.

M.I.A on her new track Born Free
Speaking to Radio 1's Zane Lowe about new track Born Free (26 April) M.I.A, real name Mathangi 'Maya' Arulpragasam, said: "It was the first song recorded for the album.

"At the time, a lot of things were bottled up. It was a good start."

Released on 29 June, the rapper added that her as yet untitled third album was recorded in LA and was about being "disconnected" and "not being able to leave there for 18 months."

Meanwhile, the latest figures from ComScore say the number of videos viewed online in the UK has increased by 37% year on year in February, to 5.5bn.

YouTube is the most popular online video destination in the UK, with 99.6% of all videos viewed.
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