YouTube Is Trying to Prevent Angry Mobs from Abusing "Dislike" Button

Posted by Megalith 2:55 PM (CST)

Saturday February 09, 2019

YouTube could be getting rid of the "Like" button, or, at least, minimizing its visibility to some degree to combat "dislike mobs," viewers who "slam the dislike button on a video before watching the whole thing, or even watching the video at all." The undertaking was likely prompted by the company’s 2018 Rewind video, which was supposed to be a fun, proud moment for YouTube. Instead, it was downvoted to oblivion by 15M viewers. Critics say that creators should just upload content that doesn’t suck, while others suggest it’s a genuine, complicated issue.

One of the new options YouTube has talked about is making those ratings invisible by default, so you wouldn't be able to see the number of likes or dislikes a video has. Other options include asking users to provide more information about why they disliked a video (possibly in the form of a checklist), removing the dislike count across the board, and removing the dislike button entirely. Leung acknowledges that all of these options have pros and cons, and YouTube may not implement any of them after testing.