Google has rolled out a new system in India on YouTube – it has started showing YouTube views as lakhs and crores instead of millions and billions in India. However, this is only visible on YouTube’s Android app. Its desktop version and iOS app, however, still displays view counts as millions and billions.
There was no update or announcement from YouTube on the change, and hence, it turns out that it can’t be seen for all Android users. Now, with this new change, users will see view counts displayed in lakhs and crores instead of the previous millions and billions.
Hence, now, if a video on YouTube has 10 lakh views it means it has 1 million views. Now, if there are 1 crore views on a video means it has 10 million views. This is now applicable to the number of subscribers as well. There’s also no option to switch back to the older view count.
Naturally, this change in the view count will only be applicable to Indian viewers but it may end up causing confusion. So far, YouTube has determined view counts in thousands, millions, and billions for creators and viewers globally. Hence now users in India who want to understand how many views a video has received would have to calculate and compare.
A number of users are not too happy with the change and hence, they have raised this complaint with YouTube on Twitter and the platform’s support page.