YouTube has removed billions of view counts from some of the music industries top artists with YouTube cracking down on people purchasing fake views.
The fake YouTube views make videos appear more popular than they really are. The number of view counts affect the amount of people that see a video with the most viewed ranking in YouTube’s ‘Social 50’ chart. These viewer figures are also the way that YouTube work out advertising revenue shares with partners, making them even more valuable to channel owners.
Below is a list of some of the top offenders:
- Universal, the record label for Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj lost 1,015,800,118 YouTube view counts.
- Sony BMG lost 851,488,973 view counts.
- Britney TV (Britney Spears YouTube page) lost 462,567,893 views.
- Chris Brown TV (Chris Brown’s YouTube page) lost 187,412,448 views.
- Beyonce lost 151,445,205 views.
Google recently confirmed that the companies that lost a large portion of their YouTube view counts were violating their terms of service which prohibits users from artificially inflating YouTube video views.