YouTube Issues Statement on Removal of Dislike Count on Videos

In a statement on Wednesday, YouTube announced that they will stop publicly displaying the number of “dislikes” in order to protect content creators from targeted attacks and harassment. Critics have long cited the public nature of the number of likes or dislikes as harmful to mental health. With this move, YouTube joins the likes of Facebook and Instagram, which allow users to opt out of this feature. People using YouTube may still click the “dislike” button available under videos on the platform, but will no longer be able to view the total tally of dislikes.

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