The video-sharing platform said Wednesday that some users may find the number of “dislikes” associated with their content now hidden. The move comes “in response to creator feedback around well-being and targeted dislike campaigns,” YouTube said.
Videos will continue to provide a “dislike” button for viewers, and the number of clicks is still being tallied on the backend, the company clarified, but the counter will not be displayed to the public. YouTube hopes that the change will engender more goodwill as cyberbullies will no longer be emboldened by amassing dislikes on their target’s content.
“In response to creator feedback around well-being and targeted dislike campaigns, we’re testing a few new designs that don’t show the public dislike count,” YouTube said via Twitter, adding that those included in the “small experiment” might notice that the number that usually appears below the thumbs-down icon is missing.
“Creators, you’ll still be able to see the exact number of likes and dislikes in YouTube Studio,” they continued. “For viewers, if you’re in the experiment, you can still like or dislike a video to share feedback with creators and help tune the recommendations you see on YouTube.”
YouTube garnered support from some 27,000 who “liked” the tweet. Still, many criticized the move as a disservice to viewers, and an insubstantial effort to improve the battered psyche of bullied creators.
“This isn’t helpful. Your[e] not fixing creator feedback, your[e] limiting user judgment,” said one critic, whose response was liked by 1,200 on Twitter. “As a user I need to be able to see what the ratio of a video is so I can see if it’s worth the time to watch or if I should move on to another video.”
The app also added a prompt for commenters to “reconsider posting a comment that may be inappropriate or unkind.”
Source: New York Post