YouTube has been accused many times of censoring its content, and now it’s taking the censorship a step further.
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The platform sent emails to users informing them that dislike counts would no longer be displayed on videos. The dislike count, however, would still be available to view privately by the creator of the video.
The Verge reported, “The company says the change is to keep 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 public shaming.”
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The idea is, it’s reported, that people are less likely to click “dislike” when they don’t see a number go up after they do.
Many on other social media platforms are questioning the move after Joe Biden and other White House officials have garnered so many “dislikes” as to essentially cause an embarrassment for the highest political position in the United States.
Is this the reason? pic.twitter.com/BSaM92k9Vl
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Sorry but I just checked on random Biden videos. The dislike is still there. I have no idea what you’re talking about.
agreed…i took a look at some random videos and the thumb down is still available…so either we will have to wait for new videos taking place and see (1: either this article is false or ahead of the game 2:the thumbs down that have taken place will stay but any new variations will not change)
The button is there, but the number of dislikes disappeared today.
After looking at about 20 White House Channel videos, the dislikes are all hidden.
The button is there, but you cannot see how many dislikes there are.
It is telling though, that there are scarcely any videos with over 3-400 likes.