return icon

Vietnamese video channels get 'played' as YouTube changes algorithm

Some people have exploited the flaws in YouTube’s new algorithm to play dirty tricks on video channels.

Vietnam is considered a ‘paradise’ for view and subscriber trading, where people sell a service that helps increase the numbers of views and subs.





Despite its great efforts, YouTube still cannot settle the problem as more and more people are rushing to produce YouTube videos, which has led to high demand for views and subs.

There are ‘clean’ views, i.e. views created in a legal way, when people use many different computers and mobile phones with different IP addresses to repeatedly watch the same clips. In Vietnam, this is called ‘cay view’ (digging for views).

There are also ‘dirty’ views, i.e. the views created by cheating. Sellers create a playlist of ‘adult’ videos at random, and cut and paste and insert with thumb images, with 18 or more images. The clips, just less than one second, or just several minutes long, appear right before ‘hot scenes’, followed by the clips of view buyers.

With this, views come unnaturally, but this is enough to help them reach their goal.

However, view sellers have had to change their ways to obtain views as YouTube changed the algorithm in mid-November and punished all the clips inserted into the same playlist of this kind. The channels with videos in the playlists will be lower in recommendations, and will have fewer views.

However, a problem has arisen that many videos with no relations have appeared in the 18+ playlists created by view sellers.

As a result, a lot of videos of large channels have been affected, including channels of televisions and newspapers. VTC Now, for example, has been slightly affected.

Le Trong from HCM City said the number of views from recommendations on the channel that he manages has dropped from 61.2 percent to 10.7 percent.

Trong said he contacted YouTube to clarify the issue, but has not received satisfactory feedback.

“The problem is that everyone can create playlists 18+ and insert any video they want. YouTube will have to either revive old algorithms, or remove all dirty clips from the platform,” said Dung Vu, a member of Hoc Vien YouTube.

The number of videos removed from YouTube because of violations of YouTube community policies in Q3 2020 decreased slightly compared with the previous quarters.

In Q3, Vietnam had 173,247 videos removed, a 28.3 percent decrease compared with Q2. However, Vietnam jumped three grades from 12th to 9th among the countries with highest numbers of videos removed.

According to MIC, Vietnam has 15,000 YouTube channels with monetization turned on, of which 350 channels have large revenue with 1 million followers or more. However, only 5,000 channels are under the management of MCNs (multi-channel network). 

Trong Dat

The dark side of Vietnam’s eSports and streamers

The dark side of Vietnam’s eSports and streamers

The stories about one female streamer having her 'hot' clips exposed to the public and a streamer’s wife cheating on him are no longer a surprise in Vietnam.

What if Vietnamese streamers use foul language, talk nonsense?

What if Vietnamese streamers use foul language, talk nonsense?

Many YouTubers and streamers have been criticized for their bad language, which harms young viewers.


Nurturing life for sea – preserve sea coral

Members of the PADI Vietnam diving team name the coral culture trips ‘Planting a branch of coral - giving it to future generations'. Their acts - the first seeds have been sown in the seabed - will hopefully further be followed by others.

Press agencies should collect user data instead of relying on digital platforms

Newspapers need to collect reader data to produce articles and personalize content rather than depend too heavily on digital platforms, said Nhan Dan (People) Editor-in-Chief Le Quoc Minh.

New generation FTAs fuel US$750 billion trade hope in 2022

Vietnam has signed 15 free trade agreements (FTAs), including several new generation FTAs, a move which is anticipated to create a breakthrough in trade and produce a large trade surplus in the year ahead.

Vietnamese firms’ outbound investment doubles in five months

Vietnamese enterprises poured over US$293 million into their new projects abroad over the past five months, double the investment made in the same period last year, according to statistics of the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

It’s time to promote the development of REITs: association

Vietnam needs to improve the legal framework to promote the development of real estate investment trusts (REITs) to add capital to the property market while bank credit and corporate bond issuance were being tightened.

How much can doctoral degree holders earn in Vietnam?

A monthly income of VND8 million revealed by a lecturer at the Hanoi National University has stirred up the public.

Joining world logistics passport to facilitate VN's trade

Joining the world logistics passport (WLP) initiative could help enterprises reduce logistics costs and increase competitiveness for exports.

Vietnamese female director’s film project invited to Cannes Film Festival

Tam van phong dao (Knife Throwing Board ) of female director Nguyen Phan Linh Dan is the only developing film project from Southeast Asia invited to attend La Fabrique at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival scheduled to take place from 17 to 28 May 2022.

Real estate brokers scramble to get licences to avoid big fines

The number of real estate brokers flocking to get licences to avoid punishment has skyrocketed.

Experts argue about history requirement, teachers and students wait for decision

History teachers and headmasters of high schools said they are impatient to know the results of the arguments about the teaching of history as the new academic year nears.

Japan to welcome back foreign tourists but not from Vietnam

The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) announced that the Japanese Government had decided to welcome back international visitors from June 10, but Vietnamese will still be restricted from traveling to Japan.

Glass-walking bridge in Moc Chau wins Guinness world record

The Guinness World Records has announced that the Bach Long (White Dragon) glass walking bridge in Vietnam's northern province of Son La is the world's longest glass-bottomed bridge.


Tan Son Nhat airport flights delayed due to rain


FDI disbursement up 7.8 percent in five months

High costs and legal impasses hinder LNG energy development in Vietnam

Too many variables and over-reliance on imports have been hindering Viet Nam's plan to build power plants running on liquefied natural gas (LNG), industry experts have said.