YouTube is finishing an update that will remove the number of dislikes present in a video from public knowledge. The measure aims to reduce the harassment, harassment, and conflict that the functionality creates on the platform.
The company provided the information in a blog detailing the methodology and research carried out for decision-making. YouTube has been carrying out experiments throughout the year, removing the registration of some places. They concluded that users were not so encouraged to click the dislike button to be part of a massive hate figure in those cases. It further concluded that the button was having a disproportionate impact on content creators with small subscribers and channels that are just beginning.
Users will still be able to use the dislike button, but the number of dislikes will only be available to the content creator in YouTube Studio.
This is a story as old as the Internet, if not older. Suppose users can like or dislike something, and that number is public. In that case, eventually, someone will be targeted by a group of people who are only intent on destroying a content creator.