YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim “disliked” this move. A recent statement from the platform states that YouTube is launching a new feature that will hide public distaste for its videos to protect smaller creators from offensive comments or online harassment. The new feature will be launched soon and only the content uploader will be able to see the dislikes in the video. However, this does not mean that the actual dislike button will disappear. Viewers can still dislike a particular video, but the video won’t be visible. This feature was launched after a previous experiment by YouTube to see if similar content with a “dislike” button helps protect smaller content creators from harassment. Users are also often addicted to intentionally disliking videos in order to increase the number. In a press release, YouTube has “heard directly from smaller creators and those just starting out that they have been unfairly targeted for this behavior.”
YouTube’s Matt Koval also shared a video explaining the reasons that led to the platform’s decision, adding that the platform hopes this move will be of great help to content creators. “Obviously, the user community is targeting the video’s “dislike” button to increase the number. Turn it into a game with a visible leaderboard. This is usually because they don’t like the creator or what they represent If YouTube is halfway through its mission It’s a big deal if everyone has something to say.”
But not all YouTube creators agree. YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim on Tuesday updated the description of the first video uploaded to the video platform “I’m at the Zoo” to criticize the platform’s decision to stop publicly displaying dislikes. The new description is now: “If every YouTuber agrees that removing dislikes is a stupid idea, it could be. Try again, YouTube ♂️”
While the duration is only 18 seconds by today’s standards and the recording quality is relatively poor, Karim’s video marks the beginning of the platform’s success. Titled “Me in the Zoo”, someone saw Karim talking to the camera while talking about the elephant standing behind him. Karim added, “The cool thing about these guys is that their pants are really, really, really long, which is cool.”
Karim launched the US video-sharing platform with YouTube founders Steven Chen and Chad Hurley in 2005, when the three were working at PayPal. The platform remained unpopular until it was acquired by Google in 2006.
Ironically, the video posted by YouTube about removing the “dislike” button itself got more dislikes than likes. While some people did this to increase dislikes, some explained why they thought this move wouldn’t be a good person.
“Remember, other platforms don’t have ‘dislike’ buttons.” That’s what makes YouTube unique, and now you’re just like any other platform. Good job,” said one. After the feature has been launched, creators who want to check the counts can do so in the YouTube studio.