YouTube, the Google-owned platform is seeking creators’ feedbacks on ideas to tackle the issue of misusing the dislike button by notorious users to harm content and channels on. n a recent issue of YouTube’s corporate series for creators, Creator Insider, Tom Leung, Director of Project Management at YouTube, addressed the issue of “dislike mobs”.
Termed “Dislike mobs”, these are people who, decide to downgrade the video by disliking the video or adding a negative comment if upset with a certain creator or video.
Leung said, YouTube’s plans to approach, this issue, for now, is to include suggestions to creators to opting into the “don’t want ratings” video that would make both – the dislike and like numbers invisible, showing only a check-box form to state reasons behind disliking a video and the other option is to remove the “dislike” feature entirely.
Since the statistics of videos is important, removing the “dislike” feature and adding the “don’t want ratings” option seems unfair and undemocratic to the YouTube team.
Leung also said that the product development team is aware that not all dislikes belong to a particular group of people as some of the cases are genuine where users hit the dislike button for incorrect news or lack of complete information or other legit reasons.
The Verge reported that the Youtube video creators who watched Leung’s video suggested that people who want to hit the dislike button of a video should have to sit through a portion of it before the dislike option becomes available.
Leung mentioned, As for now, YouTube is not making any changes, but as soon the product team gives their decision on what must be done, the updates would be shared with the community.