YouTube Dislike Counts Removed (But Not Completely?)

YouTube removes Dislikes for all videos, but users can still customize their recommendations using the dislike button.

This permanent change follows an experiment conducted earlier this year to see if YouTube could help remove “dislikes” and reduce “dislike attacks.”

“As part of this experiment, viewers could still see and use the dislike button. But because the count was not visible to them, we found that they were less likely to target a video’s dislike button to drive up the count. In short, our experiment data showed a reduction in dislike attacking behavior.”

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According to YouTube, when users collectively dislike video, it’s a form of harassment for creators.

Eliminating the number of public dislikes aims to reduce such “harassment.”

In the future, the Dislike button will remain in the video, but the clicks will be private.

Buttons have become a tool that viewers can use to customize the recommendations they receive on YouTube.

Channels can see how many videos they “dislike” in YouTube Studio, along with other metrics, as needed.

YouTube acknowledges that the decision to remove a dislike score is not suitable for everyone.

“We heard during the experiment that some of you have used the public dislike count to help decide whether or not to watch a video. We know that you might not agree with this decision, but we believe that this is the right thing to do for the platform.”

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YouTube claims that the results of that experiment suggest that dislikes scores do not have a measurable effect on a user’s video viewing decisions.

Watch the how-to video below to learn more about dislike update

You can check the comments section of the video, even if the dislike score helps you decide whether to watch the video.

You can also see if the user generally agrees with the content of the video, as long as the user’s comments are not disabled on the channel.

YouTube is working on making such changes in the future.

“We want to create an inclusive and respectful environment where creators have the opportunity to succeed and feel safe to express themselves. This is just one of many steps we are taking to continue to protect creators from harassment. Our work is not done, and we’ll continue to invest here.”

SourceYouTube Official Blog

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