YouTube CEO defends decision to hide dislikes on videos


The Google-owned video giant started hiding public dislike counts on Nov 10, 2021. — AFP

LOS ANGELES: Not everyone is happy that YouTube has hidden dislike counts for videos. But YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says the harms of displaying the metric publicly outweighed the benefits.

Wojcicki, in an update to creators Tuesday outlining 2022 priorities, acknowledged that the removal of public dislike counts was “controversial” and that some YouTube users had told the platform that number of dislikes helped them decide what videos to watch.

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