YouTube removes the number of dislikes from the videos

November 15, 2021

The creators will still see the number of dislikes.
YouTube users will no longer be able to see how many dislikes a video has, a step the platform is taking to reduce developer harassment.

YouTube has announced that it will make the video dislikes counter private across the site. The number of dislikes a video has will only be visible to its creator.

The company said it experimented with taking this step earlier this year in an effort to "better protect creators from harassment and reduce dislike attacks."

The experiment, YouTube reported in a blog post, concluded that users were "less likely to target the dislikes button of a video to upload their number" if they could not see that number.

YouTube's Matt Koval said in a video that the move was in response to a "big problem" of viewers "targeting the dislike button of a video to increase the number" because "they don't like the creator or what it represents."

Koval noted that developers will still be able to see the number of dislikes their videos have, but only if they visit a private analytics tab.

"Overall, it is much less likely to cause stress and embarrassment if the count is not visible to the public," Koval said. The dislike button will remain on YouTube and will continue to influence tracking suggestions.

Koval added that he believes users "will get used to it very quickly" and the announcement's blog states that the change has already begun to be implemented "gradually".

The move was quickly met with applause from some, while others used the video comment section with the announcement of YouTube's decision to argue in favor of the dislikes counter utility. "It is important to see dislikes in public for a variety of reasons," one user commented. "It's frustrating."