YouTube Co-Founder Changes Description of First-Ever Video on Site to Oppose Hiding Dislike Count


YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim reacted to the change in the video streaming platform’s dislike option, saying it was “a stupid idea”. YouTube recently announced that it would stop showing the number of dislikes on all videos hosted on its platform to protect creators from harassment and targeted attacks. But the decision has not gone down well with many YouTube users, including some video makers. To show his disapproval, Karim updated the description of the first video uploaded to YouTube – “Me at the Zoo”.

Update: Karim edited the description once again, adding more details. Here’s what he said:

Seeing Matt Koval’s announcement about removing dislikes made me think something was wrong.
The words spoken do not match the eyes. The video reminded me of an interview given by Admiral Jeremiah Denton in 1966. I’ve never seen a less enthusiastic, more reluctant announcement of something that is considered great.

Removing dislikes a good thing for creators can’t be done without protest by someone titled “YouTube’s creator contact”. We know this because there doesn’t exist a single YouTube creator who thinks removing dislikes is a good idea — for YouTube or the creators.

Why would YouTube make this universally disliked change? There’s a reason, but it’s not a good one, and not one that would be publicly disclosed. Instead, there will be references to different studies. Studies that clearly contradict the common sense of every YouTuber.

The ability to easily and quickly identify bad content is an essential feature of a user-generated content platform. Why? Because not all user-generated content is good. This can not happen. In fact, most of it is not good. And that’s fine. Never had the idea that all material is good. The idea, however, was that amid the flood of material, there are great creations waiting to be uncovered. And for that to happen, stuff that isn’t great has to fall off the edge as quickly as possible.

The process works, and there’s a name for it: crowd wisdom. The process breaks down when the platform interferes with it. Then, the stage always declines. Does YouTube want to be a place where everything is normal? Because nothing is bad then nothing can be great.

In business, there’s only one thing more important than “make it better”. And that’s “Don’t F*** It Up”.

โ€œWhen every YouTuber agrees that removing dislikes is a stupid idea, it probably is. Try again, YouTube,” he wrote in the description. In addition to being the co-founder of YouTube, he is also the first to upload a video to the site, which is a “Me at the Zoo” video. Later on, YouTube. sold to Google,

Karim also commented on the video youtube Shared the details of his move to hide the number of dislikes. YouTube’s producer liaison Matt Koval explained to viewers what the move would mean. Koval says the dislike option allowed creators to know whether a video was good or not, but unfortunately, research teams found that groups of viewers were targeting a creator, usually because they didn’t like the creator. Used to do

“Matt doesn’t look excited because he knows it’s the wrong decision,” Karim said.

Ironically, Matt Koval’s video has garnered 139,000 dislike counts against just 14,000 likes. Critics often cite the public number of likes or dislikes on a video post to suggest that it is harmful. Facebook and Instagram have allowed users to remove this option. Following YouTube’s recent move, users will still be able to click the “Dislike” button at the bottom of a clip, but creators will no longer be able to see negative review numbers.

YouTube has insisted that the change will protect smaller creators who are targeted by dislike attacks. It said it wanted to promote “respectful conversations between audiences and creators”. Research from YouTube has shown that making dislikes private will reduce harassment from creators.


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