YouTube blocks black market buying of bulk "Dislikes" used to devalue YouTube Channels

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YouTube will no longer share how many dislikes a content creator has, which eliminates the market for buying bulk dislikes. People, however, have mixed feelings about the move.

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.”

This is an idea YouTube announced back in March, but today these changes went into effect, and many jumped to the idea that the media was protecting the liberal press.

As President Biden’s White House, YouTube channel continues to see videos’ “dislikes” massively trump “likes,” the video platform announced it is testing a new design that obscures a public dislike count.- Natalie Winters, The National Pulse.

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Youtube states, "At YouTube, we strive to be a place where creators of all sizes and backgrounds can find and share their voice. To ensure that YouTube promotes respectful interactions between viewers and creators, we introduced several features and policies to improve their experience. And earlier this year, we experimented with the dislike button to see whether or not changes could help better protect our creators from harassment and reduce dislike attacks — where people work to drive up the number of dislikes on a creator’s videos."

The YouTube dislike button is the best way for the platform to self-police. It tells us what isn’t of decent quality, what is full of misinformation, or isn’t worth our time. This will hurt the platform. We already have the option to turn off likes why must you take it away fully?
— Stephen Ford (@StephenSeanFord) November 10, 2021

On the other side of the argument, companies like InstaFollowers and BuyYouTubeViews sell "dislikes" in bulk. You could purchase millions of dislikes to drive someone's channel down, and no one would honestly know if the dislikes are genuine. Although it might seem unfair at face value, the move also eliminates the sale of fake dislikes.

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