Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

YouTube hides disliked counts, good news for Switch Online’s video team

The tremendous growth of the Internet, especially social media felt Lots over the years. So while our age is old enough to remember when the web was a pretty quirky and surprisingly friendly place, its inclusive presence in modern life makes websites and social media networks I am struggling with various factors. How do you support “free speech” and protect people from harassment and prejudice? How do you encourage honest feedback, but shut down the viral trends in review bombing and persistent opposition voting campaigns?

In the video above, YouTube has confirmed that it will be phased out from today to address some of the challenges by hiding the “count” that the video dislikes. The buttons will continue to appear, and the disliked content will continue to affect the recommendations (which may affect the site’s algorithms, but that’s a bit of a guess on our part), but the counts aren’t published. However, if you need data feedback, creators can see it in analytics. Even if you feel cynical, hiding it from public view may allow YouTube to sell your data to external marketing agencies in the future.

Of course, in the game space, I’ve seen quite a few disliked counts being “weaponized.” Our little gag in the headline mentioned the ongoing campaign that reached a new level in the expansion pack overview trailer, with the Nintendo Switch Online video being heavily voted against. Also, in a humorous oversight, YouTube’s own video confirming this change initially publicly shows a fairly high degree of disgust.

Image: YouTube / Nintendo Life

However, it is arguable that it is used in a very harmful and toxic way online, so it is worth noting that there is good reason to hide negative votes and dislike button counts. The anonymity of these voting buttons allows you to target and harass content creators because of race, gender, gender, politics, or other factors. Eliminating visible counts is an attempt to avoid aggressive and potentially harmful campaigns that utilize metrics.

Of course, there are different perspectives on this. Is it worth reducing the number of likes, for example, making “voting” a way to manage your own recommendations? There is no easy option to please everyone, it’s for sure.

Please let us know in the comments if you agree with the YouTube descent.