12/21/2012 02:39 pm ET Updated Feb 20, 2013

YouTube Strips Universal And Sony Of 2 Billion Fake Views

Google slashed the cumulative view counts on YouTube channels belonging to Universal Music Group, Sony/BMG, and RCA Records by more than 2 billion views Tuesday, a drastic winter cleanup that may be aimed at shutting down black hat view count-building techniques employed by a community of rogue view count manipulators on the video-sharing site.

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