YouTube has announced that the dislike counts will no longer be public to help prevent targeted dislike attacks as from today.
In a tweet posted on their YouTube creators official twitter page, they clarified that the dislike button will remain but the dislike counts will only be privately accessed by creators through YouTube Studio. The move is aimed at making YouTube safe for creators to express themselves.
“We want to create an inclusive and respectful environment where creators have the opportunity to succeed and feel safe to express themselves,” YouTube wrote on their blog post.
YouTube had earlier this year launched an experiment making the dislike count private where they discovered users were less likely to target a video’s dislike button to drive up the count hence the decision to make the dislike count button private across YouTube.
Viewers can still dislike videos to tune their recommendations and privately share feedback with creators. They added that as YouTube they strive to create a place where creators of all sizes and backgrounds can find and share their voice.
The move has however not been welcomed by all as some have expressed their concern as the dislikes helped keep creators in check to discourage them from making harmful content such as awful pranks and misleading tutorials.
YouTube has addressed this concerns urging YouTube users to use the comment section to see other viewers opinions of a video and report harmful content to their teams so they can review and take action.