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An alleged crackdown by YouTube on 'faked' video views on their site has led to billions of views being wiped from music videos. Some of the world's biggest recording companies have had their content stripped of views as a result, with Sony and Universal Media Group losing nearly 2bn views in a single day. The Daily Mail reports that the move left Umg, which has Rihanna and Justin Bieber on its roster, with just five videos on the site, and Sony, which represents Alicia Keys and Rita Ora, with just three, marking a huge commercial blow to both companies. YouTube announced: "This was not a bug or security breach. This was an enforcement of our view-count policy." The decision to wipe the views reportedly came after YouTube conducted an audit of its viewers in an attempt to combat 'black hat' view-count building techniques - when hackers (more) »


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