Total video views are like a badge of honour to a lot of YouTubers. And yes, maybe they’re not that prominent on the site any more; but it’s cool for creators to see just how many views they’ve had in their whole career. So when we learned that YouTube was currently dealing with a glitch that meant those numbers might be inaccurate, we panicked.
In a post on its support site, YouTube revealed a glitch had resulted in lifetime view counts being inflated.
The bug also carries over into any third-party websites or apps that people might use with their YouTube channels; meaning that they would be inaccurate in a lot of places. Fortunately, YouTube are already working on a fix; and promised that the incorrect views wouldn’t affect ad revenue or subscribers. Also the bug reportedly only affected about 21 days’ worth of views over a six month period.
So all in all, kind of a non-issue.
But this glitch is just the latest issue in an ongoing and infuriating saga of problems happening with YouTube views; because if they can fix this bug, then surely they can fix the problems that are resulting in fewer video views?…