YouTube’s legendary 301+ views bug count is going away. For as long as we can remember, YouTube checked for any fake views on new videos uploaded after the first 300 to prevent a video from racking up unearned view counts. Due to the way YouTube’s algorithm was written, the count would freeze when it got to 301 views – instead of 300- and displayed 301+ views on a video’s count until these numbers were verified. This, of course, became synonymous with YouTube’s viral sensations, but going forward, the company will be counting how many people watch a video differently.
The 301+ freeze is going to be replaced by a new system that only counts views that YouTube is “confident only come from real people.”
We're saying goodbye to 301+ and hello to more up-to-date video views. pic.twitter.com/33OQuOvxcs
— YouTube Creators (@YTCreators) August 5, 2015
No word on when the new system will go into place, but we’d expect it’ll be live sooner rather than later.