It’s been almost a week and we finally have an answer!
YouTube has released the official view count for BTS’s “ON” MV in the first 24 hours after its release.
The official MV for the song was released on February 28 at midnight KST and went on to break multiple records including the most viewed YouTube premiere and the fastest to reach 10 million views.
On March 3 local time, Forbes reported the official view count from YouTube for the MV’s 24-hour debut, fans have been waiting for the official numbers, and according to YouTube, “ON” MV debuted with 43.8 million views in the first 24 hours, making it the seventh-largest in YouTube’s history.
YouTube also confirmed that BTS’s “Kinetic Manifesto Film: Come Prima” garnered 46.5 views in the first 24 hours, more than “ON” placing at as the fifth-largest in YouTube’s history.
However, fans weren’t happy with “ON” views count and noticed that the view count drastically dropped and the views were getting deleted which prompted many fans to protest and trend hashtags demanding a response from YouTube.
YouTube responded to one fan question,
“It’s normal to see views slow down, freeze, or adjust while we verify that those are real and accurate.”
It’s normal to see views slow down, freeze, or adjust while we verify that those are real and accurate. Here’s more info on how this works: https://t.co/x3N7d5IYy2. If you meant something else, let us know!
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) February 28, 2020
Their response was met with severe backlash with many more fans questioning if their views calculation methods could be trusted.
What do you think of “ON” official numbers? and what do you think of YouTube’s response?