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The world's biggest recording companies have been stripped of two billion YouTube hits after the website cracked down on alleged 'fake viewers'.
Universal, home of Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber, lost a total of one billion views in the video site’s biggest ever crackdown on artificially inflated figures.
Originally posted by wishful1gnorance
I'm a youtuber and run a channel, this is actually pretty common. Also it didn't say that youtube found the companies to have created the views, they just stated that they had fake views on the channel. There are bots that some people will use increase the hits on their videos. There are other bots that literally roam youtube and will randomly add an extra 30-40k in views over the period of a few hours to any specific video. These companies may not be liable for boosting the views because anybody can do it to any video.
Originally posted by scottlpool2003
What counts as a fake view though? When google for example crawls through the page with said video does that count as a view? If so is this fake? Is it intentionally fake or accidentally fake?