YouTube hides ‘dislike’ count – but will keep the button

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YouTube has removed a feature that showed how many people disliked a video in an effort to stop harassment.

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The change has been added in large part to reduce “dislike attacks”, where groups of people work together and try to drive as many dislikes as possible.

The “Dislike” button was launched as an attempt to do exactly what it sounds like: give people the option to react to videos they thought were bad.


And it often did in spectacular ways, such as when YouTube launched its “Rewind” video, which became the most disliked video of all time.

But the site also said that it was being used to harass particular creators.

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Now YouTube has said it will keep an experimental change that removes the count of how many times a certain video has been downvoted. Testing showed that removing it reduced the “dislike attack” as well as indicating that it was more frequent on smaller channels.

The dislike button itself will not be removed, and it will still feed into YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. Creators will be able to see how many dislikes their videos have received, individually, in a behind-the-scenes tool YouTube offers.

It was noted that some users said that they used the dislike count to decide whether or not to watch the video. “We know you may not agree with this decision, but we believe it is the right thing to do for the platform,” it said.

Change is slowly starting to happen now.


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