YouTube will be making a massive change to it’s platform as it tries to protect its content creators from harassment.
The giant video-streamer will be hiding dislike counts on videos, with the service rolling out a new feature on Wednesday which keeps counts private and only viewable to the person who uploaded the content.
The dislike button will still remain available however, so views can still tune their personal recommendations. The change was in turn prompted by an experiment conducted by YouTube earlier this year.
The experiment tested whether changes to the dislike button could help protect content creators from harassment and ‘dislike attacks’ (wherein viewers purposefully dislike a video to drive up the count).
YouTube stated that smaller creators and those just getting started were constantly being attacked by such behaviour and this measure would help their progression as creators.
For a little bit of trivia, the most disliked video in the world is YouTube’s very own ‘Rewind 2018: Everyone Controls Rewind’ at 19.67 million followed by the Baby Shark Dance video at 14.45 million.