Of all the popular social media platforms on the internet, YouTube is one of the few that allows you to offer a public "dislike" for published content. These numbers are public and can influence how a video is received by the community. Over time, dislikes on YouTube have been used in protest against content creators or companies, or even used in organized harassment campaigns. The company now says it is stopping the public display of the number of dislikes, but content creators will still be able to see this data.
The video streaming service says it has chosen to hide the number of dislikes to promote "respectful interactions between visitors and content creators." The company had announced in March that it planned to test the hiding of the number of dislikes, and now, they will start disappearing from the clips on the entire network. Of course, it will take a while for the "update" to be spread across the entire service.
According to YouTube tests, by hiding the number of dislikes, the negative interactions from the visitors decreased. However, YouTube does not change the way it uses the number of likes and dislikes to display videos in recommendations.
But what does not disappear is the number of likes. That number remains public and can be used to evaluate the success of a clip, even if you don't see the public number of dislikes. Other social networks have chosen to completely hide the number of interactions in the past. Recently, however, Instagram stopped tests that randomly selected users who could no longer see the number of likes, and implemented an option that allows you to choose whether or not you want to see that number in all posts on the network.