An Explanation for Why YouTube Video View Counters Often Freeze at 301 Views

In a recent episode of the Mental Floss series Big Questions, host Craig Benzine explains why the view counter on YouTube videos often freezes at 301 views. The freeze is an intentional step by YouTube to combat the practice of users paying for additional views. When a video hits 300 views, those views are reviewed and verified by YouTube. That process takes approximately a day.