Maria Montero

YouTube is trying to prevent misuse of the button …

YouTube is considering ways to combat misuse of its “dislike” button on videos in an attempt to counter the damage spammers can do to a creator’s channel.

YouTube iOS application. Image: tech2 / Nandini Yadav

YouTube director of project management Tom Leung addressed the issue of harassment over dislike in a recent video of “Creator Insider“In which he talks about some likely ideas that could be effective in dealing with” mob dislike. “The most recent example would be YouTube Rewind, which was criticized by the community for ignoring some of the platform’s biggest moments. year.

The YouTube team is currently leaning towards adding an option for creators to toggle the visibility of “likes” and “dislikes.” However, hiding ratings also has an impact on videos with positive responses, and Leung says the team knows how important public stats are to creators.

Leung also discusses an option to ask viewers why they don’t like the video in question. This could take the form of a checkbox with the reasons why you don’t like the video.

The product team at YouTube has also considered the extreme solution involving the complete removal of the “dislike” button, but Leung maintains that this would not be “democratic.” He also notes that these changes are still in a discussion phase and that none of them is a perfect solution yet.

YouTube isn’t making any changes as of now, but Leung said updates would be shared with the community once the product team decided what to do.

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