The number of views attracted on You Tube are these days regarded as an unofficial worldwide popular music chart, so once it became clear that hits had been inflated, fingers immediately pointed at the record industry.
Your You Tube Analytics are unaffected by this change.
Keane said: As of last night you may have noticed a drop on the views counted on your channel pages.
This is because the views shown on your channel now only include views from public videos, and not private, unlisted or previously deleted videos.
Youtube streams can be integrated into the video library with strm files.
Keane Ng from Google, the You Tube community manager, announced in a You Tube Help thread that the view counts on your channel page may have dropped due to a change on how Google counts You Tube views on that page.
From now on, only public video views will be counted and represented in the view count on your You Tube page.
Views for private, unlisted or previously deleted videos will no longer count on that page.
Over the past few weeks we've been removing views for deleted videos, after which we've started removing views for private and unlisted videos.
To include views from private or unlisted videos, change them to 'public' and the views will be counted again within 24 hours.
You Tube Analytics channel view counts will continue to include views from all videos that were public at the time the view occurred even if the videos are now private, unlisted, or deleted.
That is the term used when hackers artificially build up the numbers of views or likes on a You Tube video - enabling them to make clips appear far more popular than they really are and increase their exposure on the site.