YouTube Discloses Glitch That May Have Inflated Total Channel View Counts
YouTube said that it has discovered an error in how it tabulates lifetime view counts on channels — a bug that may have inflated total video views to date.
The Google-owned video giant said that it is working to fix the glitch over the next few days. “As we fix this issue, you may notice lower total view count numbers across these features,” YouTube said in a post on its support site on Friday.
For example, PewDiePie — the gaming vlogger who runs the most-subscribed individual channel on YouTube — currently has 14,652,762,481 total all-time views since April 2010. Now, YouTube says such tallies may be incorrect.
According to YouTube, the incorrect view counts appear on a channel’s “About” page (which shows views for all your public videos), on the playlist view counts on Playlist pages, and on the channel view count reported by any third-party services that use data from the YouTube data API as well as the YouTube Analytics Watch time report. The video service said creators may have seen inflated views counts since Jan. 14.
YouTube said the issue does not affect revenue or reports; subscriber counts on watch and channel pages; or video view counts below the player on watch pages.