In a big development, YouTube has announced to make the dislike count button private on its platform. The decision is likely to be controversial given the impact of the public’s visibility into a video reception. The platform said the reason for this is to reduce the targeted dislike and its impact on the creators.
“To reduce targeted dislike attacks & their impact on creators (esp on smaller creators), you’ll no longer see a public dislike count on YouTube starting today (the dislike button is staying). This comes after lots of research, testing & consideration →” tweeted YouTube with a video explaining the reason for the change.
However, YouTube’s argument that it wants to protect smaller creators from dislike mobs or harassment is one to be discussed in brief.
Here are some users’ reaction:
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