TechCrunch: YouTube Music cracks down on rampant chart manipulation with new pay-for-play ban

TechCrunch: YouTube Music cracks down on rampant chart manipulation with new pay-for-play ban. “YouTube will no longer allow paid views and advertising to influence its YouTube Music Charts, the company announced this morning. Instead, it will calculate its rankings based only on view counts coming from organic plays. In addition, it’s changing its methodology for reporting on 24-hour record debuts to also only count views from organic sources, including direct links to the video, search results, Watch Next and Trending — but not video advertising.”

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