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YouTube Kills Billions of Video Views Faked By Music Industry

By - Source: DailyDot | B 56 comments

YouTube says it has found the music industry with their hands in the cookie jar.

The video service deleted more than 2 billion fake video views in the channels of Universal, Sony, and RCA, according to Daily Dot. The decision apparently was made when YouTube found out that the companies were using view building services hired from sites such as Fiverr to create video views that never existed.

Sony/BMG's was hit the hardest with views dropping from a total of more than 850 million to just 2.3 million. RCA declined by 159 million views to a total of 120 million. Universal lost more than 1 billion views and now stands below 6 billion.

Google confirmed that the companies violated its terms of services, which prohibits users from artificially inflating video views. Google noted that the view stripping was "an enforcement of [the company's] viewcount policy".

Services that promise the perception of greater user exposure have become commonplace on the web. There are plenty of sites such as YouLikeHits, which allow users to increase the number of Facebook likes and Twitter followers. The tradition goes back to the news aggregation service Digg, which created services that would sell "diggs" to vote Internet content to the front page.


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    sacre , December 27, 2012 10:14 PM
    Figures. What else is new?

    People scamming people scamming people.

    Its all about the dollar. Who gives a s**t about people anymore right?

    Capitalism at its best.
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    TunaSoda , December 27, 2012 11:47 PM
    If they violated the TOS why do they still have accounts?
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    Murissokah , December 27, 2012 10:11 PM
    Maybe now they'll be forced to watch their own ****.
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  • 25 Hide
    nolarrow , December 27, 2012 10:05 PM
    exposed
  • 31 Hide
    Murissokah , December 27, 2012 10:11 PM
    Maybe now they'll be forced to watch their own ****.
  • 32 Hide
    sacre , December 27, 2012 10:14 PM
    Figures. What else is new?

    People scamming people scamming people.

    Its all about the dollar. Who gives a s**t about people anymore right?

    Capitalism at its best.
  • 13 Hide
    Blessedman , December 27, 2012 10:22 PM
    pwnd
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    kellybean , December 27, 2012 10:24 PM
    Hollywood is filled with nothing but liberal trash.
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    dextermat , December 27, 2012 10:36 PM
    Lol, Since the music industries (crooks) are not making money and since some people download music from youtube (hence loosing money as they say. They just tried to do something about it. Just too funny.

    +1 sacre, but i'd say
    Quote:
    crooks scamming crooks scamming people (us).
  • 24 Hide
    Stevemeister , December 27, 2012 10:50 PM
    Time to send the Senior Executives of such companies to jail - 20 years of sharing a cell with Bubba should be enough
  • 22 Hide
    sacre , December 27, 2012 11:14 PM
    BlessedmanWait Sacre, are you saying communism is better for the people? I am confused...


    No sir, i'm saying Capitalism has its downside.
  • 15 Hide
    abbadon_34 , December 27, 2012 11:27 PM
    Would love to seem them prosecuted for fraud or fined millions for the violations. It serves them right for going after the consumer while prepetrating this hypocrisy.
  • 5 Hide
    Anonymous , December 27, 2012 11:30 PM
    And this is why view counts, retwits, likes, and all that crap are an utter waste of time. They mean nothing.
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    memadmax , December 27, 2012 11:38 PM
    Dow the poop chute....
  • 23 Hide
    hoofhearted , December 27, 2012 11:39 PM
    Wonder if I can sue the RIAA for false advertisement?
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    hoofhearted , December 27, 2012 11:40 PM
    Didn't they do a similar thing for Obama's re-election (stuff the ballots)?
  • 31 Hide
    TunaSoda , December 27, 2012 11:47 PM
    If they violated the TOS why do they still have accounts?
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    billgatez , December 28, 2012 12:13 AM
    TunaSodaIf they violated the TOS why do they still have accounts?

    Because You tube makes money off advertisements on there videos that's why.
  • 22 Hide
    JOSHSKORN , December 28, 2012 12:28 AM
    So the question remains: How many views does Justin Bieber actually have?
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    Slomoshun , December 28, 2012 12:51 AM
    Yet my channel gets shut down for putting a song into my old COD4 montages that I made absolutely no money or any other gains from..
    .
    Justice is a cold bitch.
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    Anonymous , December 28, 2012 1:16 AM
    Thats the big G for you! I got real views from socialmediastrategistnow.com ...lol
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