Thumbs down: YouTube to delete ‘dislike’ counts on videos

Thumbs down: YouTube to delete ‘dislike’ counts on videos

YouTube is moving to boost the confidence of its content creators and shield them from “dislike attacks” as it begins to hide “thumbs down” counts on videos.

Users of the platform will still be able to throw shade at a clip, but the number of dislikes a video receives will only be visible to the person who uploaded it, the company said Wednesday in a blog post.

The new policy comes after Google’s video service launched an experiment earlier this year to see if removing the count would protect content creators from harassment and campaigns that purposely drove up dislikes on a clip.

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“In short, our experiment data showed a reduction in dislike attacking behavior,” the company said.

“We also heard directly

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