YouTube has announced that it is trying to hide Youtube dislike content to prevent “dislike mobs” from deliberately voting on creators and channel videos. This experiment differs from the company’s previously discussed solution in terms of implementation but is similar to the attempts of platforms such as Instagram to suppress sprouting target attacks in their budding state.
In the current settings, the likes and dislikes statistics can be viewed on the creator’s single YouTube Studio page, but only the likes will be publicly displayed in the video.
YouTube said in a supporting article explaining the test that dislikes may harm creators’ happiness and “may stimulate targeted dislikes on creators’ videos.” Basically, the idea is Like the number, and watch it rise may be enough to join and expand the number.
👍👎 In response to creator feedback around well-being and targeted dislike campaigns, we’re testing a few new designs that don’t show the public dislike count. If you’re part of this small experiment, you might spot one of these designs in the coming weeks (example below!). pic.twitter.com/aemrIcnrbx
— YouTube (@YouTube) March 30, 2021
Creators rely on likes and dislike as feedback to guide their creative results, but just like deliberately giving Steam a bad evaluation of the game, it is easy to turn useful features into the other side of abuse.
When YouTube initially announced that it would study and solve the problem of dislikes, it was considering three ideas: hide the number of likes and dislikes, increase the friction of dislike certain things by requiring more interaction, or eliminate the likes and dislikes.
This test has completed half of the tests promised by the first option and has a certain meaning. If the problem is with the numbers you don’t like, why not hide them and see what happens? When Instagram decided to hide likes in posts, Instagram conducted a similar test.
Obviously, likes are positive in nature, but chasing a high number of likes may harm creators whose livelihood depends on closely monitoring their interactions with posts and getting good praise.
YouTube has not tested hidden dislikes for all creator videos, but if you find dislikes on the page, or if you have opinions about viewers, YouTube will collect feedback on its website.
YouTube refuses employees’ request to delete rap songs with anti-Chinese lyrics
According to Bloomberg News, YouTube is facing calls from employees to delete a rap song suspected of contributing to violence against Asians.
Rapper YG’s “Meet the Sheep” is a detailed description of the theft. This is a relatively common light-sound word in rap music, but the Chinese community is specifically mentioned at the beginning: “Find the Chinese community because they don’t believe in bank accounts. ”
Because of the recent increase in street violence against Asians, a group of YouTube employees believed that the news was directly dangerous and finally asked the Trust & Safety team to delete the video.
But YouTube ultimately refused to delete the song because the platform’s “education, documentary, science and art” content was an exception.
Although the uploader later voluntarily deleted the music video, YouTube also refused to take action on the 2016 dispute. The song is kept on YouTube through the official YG account and played as a static album cover image.
After getting the comments, YouTube emphasized the importance of public disagreements among employees. A representative said: “YouTube has an open culture and encourages employees to share their views even if they disagree with the decision.” “We will continue this dialogue as part of our ongoing work to balance openness. And protect the entire YouTube community.”
YouTube removes Steven Crowder from its partner program Indefinitely
Two weeks ago, after YouTube announced that its definition of hate speech was so narrow that it could not eliminate the racist tirades that stem from racism, we loudly wanted to know how to stop publicizing conservative commentator Steven Crowder. As an official, what action will YouTube take? YouTube partners and allow him to profit from these trends.
Today, we have a partial answer: YouTube has officially suspended Steven Crowder’s main channel indefinitely from the YouTube partner program, including the cancellation of its advertising function.
This also prohibits him from uploading a video for a full week after the latest violation: According to reports, the deleted video now challenges the legality of voting in Nevada. YouTube has a policy that prohibits false claims that elections have been stolen.
This is not the first time that Crowder has been removed from the YouTube partner program. Last time, it took him more than a year to come back.