YouTube Co-founder Protests Platform’s ‘Dislike’ Move by Revisiting First-ever Video

Jawad Karim, co-founder of YouTube, “didn’t like” the move. A statement from the platform recently said that YouTube is rolling out a new feature where it will hide the public hate count for its videos in order to help protect young creators from hateful comments or online harassment. The new feature will be rolling out soon and only the uploader will be able to see the video’s dislikes. But that doesn’t mean the actual dislike button will go away. Viewers can still dislike a particular video but it will not be visible. This feature comes on the heels of an experiment that YouTube conducted earlier to check if something like this using the “Dislike” button could help protect young content creators from harassment. Users also often indulge in disliking a video on purpose to increase numbers. A press release stated that YouTube “has heard directly from young creators and those just starting out that they are being unfairly targeted by this behaviour.”

YouTube’s Matt Koval also shared a video explaining what led to the platform’s decision and added that the platform hopes the move will be a huge help for content creators. “Apparently, groups of users are targeting the ‘Dislike’ button in a video to increase the number. Turn it into something like a game with a visual scoreboard. It’s usually just because they don’t like the creator or what they are. That’s a big problem when it’s half a job YouTube is giving a voice to everyone.”

But not all YouTube creators agree. YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim on Tuesday updated the description of the first video uploaded to the video platform titled “Me at the Zoo” to criticize the platform’s decision to stop publicly displaying dislikes. The new description now reads, “When every YouTuber agrees that removing dislikes is a stupid idea, it might as well be. Try again, YouTube ♂️”

Although Karim’s video was only 18 seconds long and filmed in relatively poor quality by today’s standards, it marked the beginning of the platform’s success. Titled “I’m at the Zoo,” Karim is seen talking to the camera as he talks about the elephants standing right behind him. “The cool thing about these guys is that they have really, really, really long torsos,” Karim said, adding, “And that, that’s cool.”

Karim launched the American video-sharing platform in 2005 with fellow YouTube founders Stephen Chen and Chad Hurley, when the trio were working at PayPal. The platform remained very unpopular until Google bought it in 2006.

Ironically, the YouTube video about the dislike button being removed received more dislikes than likes, and while some may actually do so to increase the number of ‘dislikes’, some have explained why they believe this The move would also not be good.

“Keep in mind that other platforms don’t have a hate button.” This is what made YouTube so special now you are just like any other platform. Well done, someone said. After the feature is rolled out, a creator who wants to see how many times they dislike can do so in YouTube Studio.

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