YouTube’s removal of dislike button draws criticism from PewDiePie and the platform’s co-founder Jawed Karim: The Newsfeed

Posted by Jennifer Adetoro in News

2 weeks ago

YouTube stirred up quite the controversy this week when it announced it will be hiding public dislike counts on videos across the site. While it’s worth noting that the dislike number will still remain available for creators to view privately in their YouTube Studio - much like the option to hide the like count on Instagram - many are not happy with the platform’s dramatic decision. Although it hopes this change will help curb online harassment, many users and notable YouTubers, including PewDiePie and Marques Brownlee, have pointed out the removal of the button could negatively diminish the overall viewer experience. YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim - who edited the platform’s first-ever video to share his thoughts - claims the change will lead to YouTube’s decline (see here). Looks like the streaming juggernaut needs to go back to the drawing board if it wants to save its future.

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