Until now, people (and a few sneaky robots) watched a video, store on many servers around the world. The views were recorded centrally to be verified as real.
When a video passed 300 views, YouTUbe froze the view count while they checked for spam. Hence, the legend of 301+. After a few hours, they'd update the view count with validated views.
Now, people (and a few sneaky robots) watch a video, stored on many servers around the world. YouTube counts views and they're confident came from real people as they're recorded, and keep reviewing the rest.
Farewell 301+, Hello, more up-to-date view counts!
YouTube Says Good Bye to 301+, Hello Up-to-Date View Count
No longer will you need to wait patiently to see how many views you actually have on that new video. YouTube removes 301+ freeze altogether.
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