YouTube has announced that they will begin hiding the number of dislikes that videos get in an effort to stop a type of cyberbullying called “dislike attacks.” This occurs when hate-mobs launch a coordinated effort to mass-dislike a video and post hateful comments. These attacks usually take place if a creator is considered “canceled” or has expressed views that differ from others. Fans of Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, and other mega-stars are known to engage in “dislike attacks” if a creator does not love their fav’s as much as they do.
On Wednesday, the platform announced the new update, which will only allow viewers to see how many people liked the video. The only person authorized to see the number of dislikes is the creator themselves in their YouTube Studio.
YouTube first experimented with hiding the dislike numbers in July and realized that no videos were impacted. Now, they have decided to make the option a gradual function across the site. The dislike button will be available to those who feel compelled to express their displeasure, but no one else will know it.
This is good news for the indie artists of the world, who do not have to be pressured by dislikers. Breathe a little easier today, knowing that you can post your content in peace.
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