YouTube Fights with “Fake” ViewsAdded: Sunday, February 16th, 2014
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The statistics say that YouTube visitors watch over 6bn hours of video every month, but it is clear that not all of those views are real.
Owner of YouTube, Google, has announced a crackdown on such fake views on the service, from channels seeking to artificially inflate their view counts.
"The matter is that fake view counts are not only misleading fans about the popularity of a video, but are also undermining YouTube’s unique qualities.
While earlier the companies would scan views for spam right after they occurred, now Google will periodically validate the view count and remove fake views as new evidence comes to light.
The company believes such scheme is crucial to improving the accuracy of view counts and maintaining the trust of YouTube’s fans and creators.
This decision follows YouTube’s warning to the network of channel owners a few months ago.
The company also warned them against paying companies offering to bump up view counts artificially, because it would be just a waste of money: views generated by any 3rd-party businesses won’t be counted on the portal but can lead to disciplinary action against YouTube accounts.
Ironically enough, it’s Goggle – YouTube’s parent company – who is driving traffic to those 3rd-party businesses.
When you type “buy YouTube views” into Google’s search, you’ll get hundreds of results redirecting to the companies touting their wares.
Some of them even pay Google to advertise their services via its AdWords system.
The reason why YouTube is going to crack down on fake view counts is because it wants to make its service more appealing to advertisers who want to be sure their ads are being seen by real people.
In addition, YouTube wants channel-owners to build their audiences by paying to use its TrueView adverts system.
In the modern online society, YouTube is not the only social media service which attracts a lot of companies promising to artificially inflate metrics.
You can find plenty of offers to sell Twitter followers and Facebook Likes, for instance.
The recent research confirmed that there may be up to 20 million fraudulent Twitter accounts generated by companies that sell their followers to brands.
Today YouTube warns that paying for views is simply counter-productive. The company reminds that ultimately, members are responsible for their video traffic. So, if they contract a company providing spam instead of views, the penalty will be paid by the members, not that company.
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|Good!! Finally something is getting done about these "fake" views on YT! I do believe that perhaps not all but alot of YT channels in the top 100 most subscribed buy alot of their views, in order to attempt to crank up their views and subscribers...so that they can earn even more money/revenue from the videos they post!|
|Thanks for the read, yes this is old news, it came to light years ago when justin bieber videos were faked views - made him look like a superstar - but he wasn't - and he still isn't.|
ET place to be - with proper counters and views
|The should worry more about fake/misleading videos more then anything.|
Who cares if someone is scamming views, doesn't affect our youtube experience whatsoever. What does though is every second video you watch is a fake of something legit just so they can feel superior with artificial view counts.
|They are just trying to screw content creators, more than anything else. Sure they don't spin it that way but that what this is about as much as false views. Google has continued to reduce the income they can and do make. Creators are moving away from Google monetzation to imbedded ads where they cut Google out of the game.|
|Some of us got popper projects on there if they get rid of these, some of us are working on these projects and would not give updates for sometime.|
|Google should be more worried about the fake installs and reviews in their app store|
|@LazyPirate, Good point you made about Google app|
store and the reviews there. They've a app called
"Call Blocker" for android phones which only works
50%. Calls sometime still come through. Half fake
reviews saying it's amazing! The only real sure call
blocker is with Verizon service.
|The elephant in the room the the click fraud and click abuse that generates billions for Google...why should they fix what makes them money hand over fist?|
|and that's why some "artists" are popular and some much better are not...see justin beiber or what's his name|
|^^same thing for the movies...lots of imdb fake votes|
|posted by (2014-02-19 09:20:42)|
|Fake views at YouTube... Shame Shame Shame.|
I guess that explains why we have so much crap on the internet/radio these days.
|Glad I dont use youtube|
|I knew Miley Cyrus views were fake lmfao|
|posted by (2014-02-21 20:17:13)|
|hi.. who is justin bieber? is he a film star? please can anyone help?|
|well its usual anyone can gt register or subscribe n ive their any +/- review even without watching the video....n no one monitor that as they just busy in earning money loss but they r forgeting on same bye the tim they are loosing their reputation as trusted / authorized website ....who cares lolz !!||
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