YouTube recently announced that it is experimenting with temporarily removing the dislike button to prevent “dislike mobs” from negatively influencing content and channels.
In the last few years, the company has been working on solutions to tackle these “dislike mobs”.
Essentially, these are individuals that purposely visit a video with the intention of ridiculing it, regardless of the content.
According to feedback, creators say that the public dislike count can affect their well-being and motivate targeted campaigns of dislikes on a creator’s videos.
As a result, YouTube is testing designs that does not show the number dislikes a video has accrued. Instead, only the likes will be displayed publicly.
This aims to improve creator experiences, while still allowing viewer feedback.
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