YouTube removes the dislike count on all videos

YouTube removes the dislike count on all videos

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  • People who watch YouTube videos will now only be able to dislike a video.
  • They will, however, not be able to see the dislike count.

YouTube has announced that the dislike count will now be private to YouTube creators only. 

This means that people who watch YouTube videos will only be able to dislike a video but cannot see the dislike count.

The company, in a tweet on Thursday, said it was also contemplating removing the dislike button in its entirety but based on evidence gathered, decided against it.

“Earlier this year we launched an experiment making the dislike count private. Based on what we learned, the dislike button is staying, but the *count* is now private to creators (in Studio) to help prevent targeted dislike attacks,” stated the company.

YouTube added that the reason for this move is to allow creators be able to express themselves freely without receiving attacks from viewers.

“We know not everyone will agree with this decision, but we believe it’s the right thing to do to make YouTube safer for creators to express themselves,” it added.