(Image source: MacAngel)

 

BY LOGAN TITTLE

 

Musical artists across the globe are losing viewers on YouTube...that don’t actually exist.

 

The Daily Mail reports YouTube stripped billions of video views after finding out many of the viewers were fake.

 

The cuts, which can be seen on YouTube metrics site Social Blade, came when YouTube cracked down on fake views by targeting ‘black hat’ view count-building techniques.

 

That’s the term used when “users” build artificially high viewing numbers or likes, making videos seem more popular than they really are.

 

The Daily Dot reports Universal took the biggest hit, losing more than 1 billion of its 7 billion views.

 

And it isn’t just the viewers that are faking it. Turns out advertisers are also feeding fake videos to viewers including subtle commercials hoping they will go viral.

 

“What does this video, and this video, and this one have in common? They're all viral videos but they're also all kind of fake.”

(KNXV)

 

YouTube released a statement explaining the cuts were not the result of a bug or security breach, just an enforcement of viewcount policy.

YouTube Strips Billions of 'Fake Views' from Videos

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Dec 29, 2012

YouTube Strips Billions of 'Fake Views' from Videos

 

(Image source: MacAngel)

 

BY LOGAN TITTLE

 

Musical artists across the globe are losing viewers on YouTube...that don’t actually exist.

 

The Daily Mail reports YouTube stripped billions of video views after finding out many of the viewers were fake.

 

The cuts, which can be seen on YouTube metrics site Social Blade, came when YouTube cracked down on fake views by targeting ‘black hat’ view count-building techniques.

 

That’s the term used when “users” build artificially high viewing numbers or likes, making videos seem more popular than they really are.

 

The Daily Dot reports Universal took the biggest hit, losing more than 1 billion of its 7 billion views.

 

And it isn’t just the viewers that are faking it. Turns out advertisers are also feeding fake videos to viewers including subtle commercials hoping they will go viral.

 

“What does this video, and this video, and this one have in common? They're all viral videos but they're also all kind of fake.”

(KNXV)

 

YouTube released a statement explaining the cuts were not the result of a bug or security breach, just an enforcement of viewcount policy.

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