Dislike Count Leaving YouTube… Sort Of

If you have been using the internet for any amount of time, you will have heard “review bombing” and “dislike bombing” terms. These are when people simply dislike or negatively review your content for something they didn’t like. These are kept track and listed on the video’s front page for all the world to see. YouTube is removing the dislike count, but the button is remaining.

In a blog post on Wednesday, YouTube announced that removing the dislike count from the video would discourage the public shaming of a particular video. The difference is that the count will be available on for the creator to see, but no one else. In theory, they believe this could discourage massive negative ratings on vids only because no one can see the results.

“As part of this experiment, viewers could still see and use the dislike button,” YouTube said in their blog post. “But because the count was not visible to them, we found that they were less likely to target a video’s dislike button to drive up the count. In short, our experiment data showed a reduction in dislike attacking behavior1. We also heard directly from smaller creators and those just getting started that they are unfairly targeted by this behavior — and our experiment confirmed that this does occur at a higher proportion on smaller channels.

You can see their dislike count in the video below:

There is some truth to their idea. When you get into an argument with someone and they don’t engage, they stop. Most trolls that engage in this behavior want to see those numbers. They get an unusual satisfaction by doing so. If they can’t get any indication on how they’re doing, they will stop. However, they will find another way to make their voice heard.

I guarantee you that someone is working on a workaround. I mean, there are still YouTube comments.

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