Here’s why YouTube is removing the dislike count on all videos

YouTube has announced that it’ll be hiding public dislike counts on videos starting today. YouTube says that the move is aimed to protect smaller creators from being targeted by dislike attacks or harassment, and to promote “respectful interactions between viewers and creators.”

The dislike button will still be there, but it’ll be for private feedback, rather than shaming creators publicly.

In March, YouTube announced that it was experimenting with hiding the public dislike numbers.
YouTube says that when it tested hiding dislike numbers, “people were less likely to use the button to attack the creator & commenting ‘I just came here to dislike’ was seemingly less satisfying when you don’t actually get to see the number go up.”

YouTube claims that it will still let well-meaning viewers leave private feedback to content creators or use dislikes to tune the algorithm’s video recommendations.

YouTube is not the first one to have done this. Meta-owned social media channels- Instagram and Facebook famously let you hide like counts if you want to avoid the social pressure that comes with having likes as a measure of your success.

The most disliked video is by…YouTube! Yes, the ‘YouTube Rewind 2018’ is the most disliked video on YouTube, receiving over 19 million dislikes since its upload on December 6, 2018.