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YouTube Kills Billions of Video Views Faked By Music Industry

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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  • nolarrow
    exposed
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  • Murissokah
    Maybe now they'll be forced to watch their own ****.
    Reply
  • sacre
    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.
    Reply
  • Blessedman
    pwnd
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  • saxplayingcompnerd
    OLD NEWS TOMS. GET WITH IT.
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  • Blessedman
    Wait Sacre, are you saying communism is better for the people? I am confused...
    Reply
  • kellybean
    Hollywood is filled with nothing but liberal trash.
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  • dextermat
    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
    crooks scamming crooks scamming people (us).
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  • Stevemeister
    Time to send the Senior Executives of such companies to jail - 20 years of sharing a cell with Bubba should be enough
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  • sacre
    BlessedmanWait Sacre, are you saying communism is better for the people? I am confused...
    No sir, i'm saying Capitalism has its downside.
    Reply