Last year YouTube pulled a number of videos and terminated many users accounts for goosing the viewership numbers. Not just talking about Ralphie in the bedroom. These were major companies like SonyBMG and Universal Music Group.
Google is letting it be known that they are looking for users that are artificially inflating their viewership numbers.
You do not want to be one of them. My initial instinct is that a few of the newly minted middle men/women management companies are looking for shortcuts to making a profit.
There are going to a number of well known people about to be embarrassed.
Even if you don't have a web series or financially profit from videos you should at least read Google's post on Third Party Service Providers. It will provide a background answer why that crappy video that has 40,000 views to your 30 views has instantly vaporized from your screen.
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