Monday, November 22, 2021

YouTube and the "dislikes" controversy


Me at brunch, Freddies 

 YouTube has announced it will make dislike counts private, as in this blog post, but I don’t see that it has changed.  

Mitchell Clark explains for The Verge.   The article says that the hiding of the counts as private will happened gradually. YT says it wanted to protect smaller creators from targeting, and this is reassuring, as statements in the past about “commercial viability” had led to the belief that YT didn’t want to keep them.

Richard Hoeg is critical of this change, and reminds viewers of the tension over COPPA at the end of 2019 where YT seemed to blame content creators on the “made for kids” issue.  

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