So one of the Youtube staff members has finally answered my question and this is what he said: Hi Bobby, We?ve made a change in our public-facing view counts across the site that will enable us to consistently reflect what is considered a 'view,' based upon video consumption, video streaming and spam filtering. This only affects view counts from February 25 moving forward. Implementing this change also caused view count updates to slow down a bit in general; many people have noticed this and we're aware of the issue. Thanks, - Timmy So basically we all know they were updating something to fight spam. My question now is so what is considered a "view"?