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Global Statistics

All countries
332,255,099
Confirmed
Updated on January 18, 2022 5:15 pm
All countries
267,329,364
Recovered
Updated on January 18, 2022 5:15 pm
All countries
5,566,603
Deaths
Updated on January 18, 2022 5:15 pm

YouTube hides number of ‘dislikes’ to prevent attacks

(AFP)

NEW YORK – YouTube announced Wednesday that the number of “dislike” clicks on videos will no longer be visible to the public to protect content creators from harassment and targeted attacks.

The number of likes – or dislikes – garnered by social media posts is regularly cited by critics as harmful to well-being, and Facebook and Instagram have allowed users to opt out.

Users on Google’s video-sharing platform will still be able to click the “dislike” button below the clip, but they will no longer see the number of negative reviews.

“To ensure that YouTube promotes respectful interactions between viewers and creators… we are experimenting with dislike buttons to see if the changes can help better protect our creators from harassment, and reduce dislike attacks,” YouTube said in a statement.

“Our experimental data show a reduction in aversive attacking behavior.”

Content creators – social media stars who draw huge crowds online – will be able to see the number of thumbs down icons their clips generate.

YouTube says smaller scale or new creators report being unfairly targeted in attacks, in which people work to increase the number of dislikes on videos.

The change on YouTube comes as the major social network and video platform is often accused by lawmakers, regulators and watchdogs of not doing enough to combat online harassment.

Facebook is battling one of the most serious reputational crises ever, fueled by leaks of internal documents showing executives were aware of the potential dangers of their platform.

The revelation of the leak by former Facebook employee Frances Haugen has provided new impetus behind talk of setting up Big Tech companies.

Concerns about Facebook’s potential harm have spread to other platforms with TikTok, Snapchat and YouTube trying to convince US senators in court last month that they are safe for their young users.

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