An online writer who is also an avid geek to automotive, video games, and anime. Have a soft spot for racing games
The dislike button is the thing that makes YouTube stands out from other social media platforms. It helps the platform to drive more interaction and reaction from its users, viewers and creators alike. Through likes and dislikes, YouTube viewers can give their honest voice to a video they watch.
It is also somewhat an indicator of whether a video posted on the platform is good or bad. Admit it, we often choose video that has more likes and few dislikes. We can agree that there’s a problem with your video if it has few likes and more dislikes.
There will be one significant change on the feature, however. Recently, YouTube announced the company will hide dislikes on the platform. As a viewer, you will no longer see the number of dislikes a video get, just the thumbs down button.
The decision of the company is highly controversial. While majority of the people against the new policy, there are also those who support it, especially in terms of “to protect creators from harassment”.
Those who oppose it cited the privatized dislikes will make choosing videos that are not clickbait and misleading even more difficult. Those who support it, however, agree that such decision will discourage dislikebombing towards creators, with YouTube claimed that the policy do reduce dislike attacks, based on the experiment the company did months ago.
Removing Dislike Count is Pointless And Unnecessary
Keep that in mind that YouTube only removes the public dislike count. Creators, however, still can see the number as well as like Vs dislike ratio on YouTube Studio to help creators “to understand how their content is performing.”
This where the problem lies. When it comes to preventing creators from dislikes, YouTube (fortunately or unfortunately) doesn’t get rid of dislikes completely. This makes the company’s decision to hide dislike count is somewhat pointless.
The idea is that creators are still subjected to dislikes, rendering such policy useless to protect creators from dislikes. Instead, the policy will only result in the deletion of sizable portion of audience votes.
Viewers will also have more ways than dislike button. Those who ‘dislike’ your video still can access the comment section and write insults there. This already happened in other social media that have no dislike feature such as Facebook. It could happen on YouTube too.
The change in dislike count even more unnecessary when you remember that YouTube already adds preventive option to mitigate harassment, including an option to hide likes/dislikes. Creators have the ability to turn off likes/dislikes by themselves.
The bottom line: There is no necessary change to the current system. Removing dislike count only hinders the ability of viewers to criticize and give their voices. At the same time, content creators are still prone to harassment.
Likes and Dislikes Should Remain on YouTube
I am a small content creator. Indeed, dislike attacks are happening and I’m also struggling against it. Yet, I don’t think the likes/dislikes mechanic should be eliminated from YouTube. And I appreciate YouTube for keeping the dislike feature despite removing the public count.
I could agree that likes and dislikes help viewers to identify whether a video is worth to watch. However, it’s more than the thing that separate good and bad videos.
In my perspective as a creator, it is the thing that makes you improve. You will understand what’s wrong with your video when the number of dislikes outweighs that of likes. You will be getting better at making good videos and finding your audience. You will feel an achievement when the number of likes is greater than dislikes.
Likes and dislikes should always be a part of YouTube. They are needed to help watchers in picking quality video content. They are also a good tool for creators to understand how their video performs and learn how to make good and appealing videos to audiences. It is the thing that makes YouTube unique and more community-engaged.