YouTube is certainly the world’s largest video streaming service where people finds content to their liking. However, it will soon become much more difficult to do this – all the blame is on a new controversial function that allows authors to hide the counter of dislikes under their videos (obviously not the most successful ones).
There was a similar opportunity before, but at the same time, the likes counter was hidden, completely depersonalizing the rating of the video for viewers. But, now that the function will be extended to the entire YouTube, it won’t be easy to determine the quality of the launched video before watching it. Previously, the ratio of likes/dislikes helps one to determine the quality of the video, which will undoubtedly be one-sidedly hidden by authors of bad content.
Creators, you'll still be able to see the exact number of likes and dislikes in YouTube Studio. For viewers, if you're in the experiment, you can still like or dislike a video to share feedback with creators and help tune the recommendations you see on YouTube.
— YouTube (@YouTube) March 30, 2021