Universal — home to Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and our dear, sweet, beloved Taylor Swift — seems to have been the most guilty. Google cut a whopping 1 billion views from the label's YouTube channel. The results are channels that seem remarkably thin or, in Sony's case, completely empty.
If this seems sort of squalid and pointless, well, you're right — it is. But in a time where early viral buildups grab the widespread attention that is so crucial for moving an artist or song past its initial audience, we imagine padding the numbers to ensure success would be a massive temptation.
Of course, we can't hold Justin or Taylor responsible for these crimes — they're as sweet and innocent as baby bunnies (just look). Now, let's all watch "Baby" (815,952,431 views and counting) and try to see past the lies. (The Daily Dot)
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