Fake YouTube views has been a problem for quite a while now, which is why, on January this year, YouTube changed the criteria for video monetization, adding subscribers the equation instead of just views.
Yeah,I recall this being discussed by a content creator I follow on YT.
It's just as that decrepit, fortune-telling hag said! That's it. No more drunken pub crawls in Glendale for me. I'm turning over a new leaf. First thing in the morning, no bullshit, no drunk talk.