YouTube Hides ‘Dislike’ Counts to Protect Creators From Harassment, Targeted Attacks


YouTube announced on Wednesday that the number of “dislike” clicks on videos will no longer be visible to the public in order to protect creators from harassment and targeted attacks.

a public count of likes or dislikes – that social media posts rack up are regularly cited by critics as detrimental to well-being, and Facebook As well as instagram Users are allowed to opt out.

on user GoogleThe -owned video sharing platform will still be able to click the “Dislike” button at the bottom of a clip, but they will no longer see negative review numbers.

“To make sure youtube YouTube said in a statement that it promotes respectful interaction between viewers and creators… We experimented with the dislike button to see if the changes could help better protect our creators from harassment or No.

“Our experiment data showed a reduction in disliked attacking behavior.”

Content creators – the social media stars who draw crowds online – will be able to see the number of thumb-down icons on their clips.

YouTube said small-scale or new creators reported being unfairly targeted in attacks where people act to increase the number of dislikes on videos.

The changes on YouTube come as the major social network and video platform is often accused by lawmakers, regulators and watchdogs of not doing enough to fight online harassment.

Facebook is grappling with one of its most serious reputational crises to date, prompted by leaked internal documents showing the executive was aware of the potential pitfalls of its platforms.

Revelations from the leak of former Facebook employee Francis Haugen has given new impetus to regulation big tech companies.

Concern about Facebook’s potential pitfalls has spread to other platforms TIC Toc, Snapchat And YouTube is trying to convince US senators at a hearing last month that they are safe for its young users.