Two billion YouTube music video views disappear ... or just migrate?
Reports that Universal and Sony Music were stripped of billions of view counts turn out to be exaggerated by over 1.9bn http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/dec/28/youtube-video-views-disappear-migrate
Google, YouTube's owner, has undergone one of its periodic cleansing exercises where it checks viewer counts against its terms of service. Over at another forum discussing the same topic (some folks are busy out there) there is indeed what appears to be a Google executive posting that recent changes in were "an enforcement of our viewcount policy". Which would be enough to make you wonder what it is that Universal and Sony had done to see YouTube strip a billion views from each of their YouTube totals. As anybody who has watched Gangnam Style knows, a billion views is a lot. Particularly when it is a real billion.