23.11.2021 | YouTube announced viewers will no longer be able to see the total number of dislikes on a video.
YouTube has announced viewers will no longer be able to see the total number of dislikes on a video. The company's creator liaison, Matt Koval, said while the dislike button will still be visible, only video creators will be able to see this feedback.
He said the aim of the change is to reduce "dislike attacks", where people work to artificially drive up the number of dislikes on a creator's videos. "It's usually just because they don't like the creator or what they stand for," he told users today.
The announcement was met with a mixed response from YouTube users, with almost 6000 likes and 13,000 dislikes on the video. Some users said the removal of the dislike count limited the opportunity to have a voice. Others said they use the count to determine if a video is worth watching.