YouTube to make dislike counts private on all videos

YouTube has announced a new change to how dislikes work on the platform.


YouTube has been around since 2005 and is one of the websites that has defined an era of internet culture. In the 16 years since its creation, the video-sharing site has also gone through plenty of major changes. Now, the team at YouTube is ready to roll out another big change that will alter how people use the website. Dislikes on YouTube will soon become private across all videos on the platform.

YouTube announced the changes coming to dislikes in a blog post on November 10, 2021. YouTube had actually experimented with this idea earlier this year for a select handful of users. Following that trial run, the company seemed to have been satisfied with how it changed the way users interact with videos. “Based on what we learned, we're making the dislike counts private across YouTube,” the post reads.

YouTube’s move to hide the dislike counts on videos is based on its desire to protect creators from harassment and deter dislike bombing. Similar to likes, dislikes exist as a way for viewers to inform the algorithm of what kind of videos they do and don’t want to see pop up in their feeds. However, the dislike button was often used as a way for viewers to retaliate or attack a creator for any number of reasons. In some cases, groups of users would flock to a video in a coordinated effort with the sole purpose of disliking it, in hopes that it causes problems for the creator.

Though dislike counts are going to become private, users will still have the option to dislike videos as they please, they just won’t be able to see how many dislikes a video has. Creators will be able to view the dislike counts on their videos through YouTube Studio. How do you feel about the change? Let us know in the Chatty down below.

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    November 10, 2021 10:30 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, YouTube to make dislike counts private on all videos

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      November 10, 2021 12:34 PM

      <everyone disliked that>

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      November 10, 2021 12:38 PM

      I never once hit the dislike button. Just close the video if it sucks. No need to be a jerk is my thought

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        November 10, 2021 1:03 PM

        I’ve never used it because I don’t care about YouTube algorithm crap but if you’re actually using ratings on a service like Netflix to influence your recommendations there’s a very real reason to at least have Thumbs up and Thumbs down. I use Up for “I liked this, give me more of it”, Down for “I actively didn’t like this, I don’t want to see more like it” and just leave it unrated for “Yep I viewed it and maybe I’ll watch some more things like it but I don’t really want to go out of my way for it”

        Making them private still gives people the ability to leverage the recommendation algorithm but helps prevent abuse and attacks.

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