Thumbs up or thumbs down?
The director of content management for YouTube has spoken about looking to disable the downvote button. Moreover, Tim Leung claims that they are looking to eliminate the mob spamming from their platform.
According to Leung, ‘dislike mobs’ target specific content creators. This results in hindering the chances of their videos being recommended. Leung spoke to Creator Insider about the dislike button feature.
So, What Will YouTube Suggest?
- Remove the dislike button from their platform altogether. Further, Leung has claimed that this is an extreme option and probably the least democratic.
- Next, the second option is something that is already available to content creators. They may hide the like to dislike ratios. The public will be able to use this feature. However, only creators can see the ratio.
- Finally, YouTube would ask a reason for the dislike. Once a user dislikes a video, a box could appear asking why. Leung states that this could slow down the experience, though. But, YouTubers will get a reason why their content is being disliked.
Twitter, let’s hear your opinion
Right, the news of the video platform removing the dislike feature hasn’t gone down too well online. Further, many users believe that the dislike feature is being removed for another reason. Rewind 2018 is the most disliked video on the platform.
Susan Wojcicki, CEO of the platform, claimed her kids voted the ‘Rewind’ video a thumbs down.
YouTube removing the dislike button because their video became the most disliked video of all time is the most corporate thing a corporation has done this year
— Dalton (@DaltDisney) February 4, 2019
— Emily (@space_dragon97) February 4, 2019
YouTube Is Brainstorming New Ways To Combat ‘Dislike Mobs’ https://t.co/lXH6zgiuFC
— Aaron Wysocki (@AaronWysocki) February 5, 2019
If you haven’t seen the ‘Rewind’ video yet, check it out below.
Besides the point of censorship, this could be a real issue. As engadget points out, a surge of dislikes could reduce the number of recommendations. Moreover, this could discourage creators from posting on the platform.
What do you think? Should the video platform remove the dislike button altogether? Let us know.
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