YouTube Announces, “We Will Soon Hide Number of Dislikes for All Videos to Safeguard Video Creators”
On Wednesday, YouTube announced that they would soon hide the numbers displayed on the dislike button to protect the video creators from targeted attacks and harassment. However, the dislike button will still exist, and users will be able to click on it, but they will no longer see the negative review tally.
Analysts cited the number of public likes or dislike that all social media posts flaunt as harmful for well-being.
YouTube also dropped the YouTube Rewind project in 2020 because of the pandemic, and they won’t make a comeback. They stated it leaves the decision of making rewind recordings on the content creators. Indeed, the organization has chosen to discontinue making rewind videos ultimately.
While YouTube will no longer create rewind recordings, it will allegedly deliver its yearly patterns records and hold its Streamy Awards.
The move will hypothetically make a “comprehensive and respectful” space where video-creators have an excellent opportunity to feel safe and be successful.
YouTube’s recent experiment of removing the number on the dislike button was successful, and critics welcome their decision.
The Google-owned brand knows that some people utilized the numbers to evaluate viewing decisions yet felt hidden counts would support the community at large. Generally, smaller, and new content creators are targeted by dislike campaigns, YouTube stated, and the experiment will reduce that harassment.
There’s no surety that this move will benefit every user or whether it won’t prompt harassers to find other options.
However, the new changes at YouTube come as significant social media networks and video platforms were often criticized by regulators, lawmakers, and watchdogs for not doing enough to bring down online harassment.