The idea was first teased back in March, but now, YouTube has made it official: the dislike counter is starting to get removed across the platform.
A dislike button will still be visible on every video, and content creators will be able to see see how many dislikes they got on their owners, but the count will no longer be public.
YouTube explained the move in a blog post, saying, “At YouTube, we strive to be a place where creators of all sizes and backgrounds can find and share their voice. To ensure that YouTube promotes respectful interactions between viewers and creators, we introduced several features and policies to improve their experience. And earlier this year, we experimented with the dislike button to see whether or not changes could help better protect our creators from harassment, and reduce dislike attacks — where people work to drive up the number of dislikes on a creator’s videos.”
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