- This month YouTube decided to hide the amount of dislikes a video has received
- The change is intended to deter users from intentionally trying to increase the number of dislikes
- But Karim said it would make YouTube a place where ‘everything is normal’
- Karim was the first to upload a video to YouTube in April 2005
Jawed Karim, one of the three founders of YouTube, has criticized the platform’s decision to remove the number of dislikes on videos, which he said will make YouTube a place where ‘everything is mediocre’ and will lead to its downfall.
YouTube’s decision, taken earlier this month, hides the number of times other users have clicked the ‘thumbs down’ icon at the bottom of videos to show their displeasure.
YouTube said the change would prevent groups of malicious YouTube users from intentionally following other users by increasing the number of dislikes on their videos – calling it a ‘coordinated dislike attack’.
But according to Karim, the ability to easily and quickly identify bad content is “an essential feature” on YouTube, and removing it could lead to the downfall of the site.
Karim expressed his displeasure by editing the description of the first video uploaded to YouTube – titled ‘Me at the Zoo’ – in which he stars as the 25-year-old.
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One of the three founders of YouTube, Jawed Karim, appeared in the first video uploaded to YouTube on April 23, 2005. The picture is a still from the video, titled ‘Me at the Zoo’.
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On November 10, YouTube said it was hiding the dislike count on videos.
Users can still hit the dislike button on the video.
But they can’t see how many dislikes each video has, until they uploaded the video.
Creators can find the dislike count ‘on the back-end’ inside Studio Analytics under the Engagement tab.
YouTube previously tested dislike hiding in 2021 and found that the change was successful in reducing ‘coordinated dislike attacks’.
The change had begun on the same day, November 10.
Karim, now 42, co-founded YouTube with Chad Hurley and Steve Chen in February 2005, but was sold to Google less than two years later.
‘Why would YouTube make this universally disliked change?’ In the updated description says Karim. ‘There is a reason, but it is not good, and not one that will be publicly disclosed.
‘The ability to easily and quickly identify bad content is an essential feature of a user-generated content platform. Why? Because not all user-generated content is good.
YouTube’s decision to hide the number of dislikes from the public was announced on November 10 blog post,
Matt Koval, ‘producer liaison’ on YouTube, also goes through the decision in a video.
As Koval points out, the dislike button stays where it is, so users can still thumb down if they don’t like a video, but how much they dislike a video is only visible to the video’s creator.
Videos that get a high number of dislikes can negatively and unfairly affect YouTube creators, many of whom rely on their videos for income.
“Unfortunately, research teams on YouTube have found that it has another use for disliking a video that I had never experienced before,” Koval says.
On November 10, YouTube said it was hiding the number of dislikes on the video on the grounds that groups of users could use it to harm creators.
‘Apparently audience groups are targeting the dislike button of the video to enhance it’ [dislike] Count, turn it into something like a game with a visual scoreboard, and it’s usually because they just don’t like the creator or what they stand for.’
But it seems Koval is addressing the decision without any passion, prompting Karim to say in his post: ‘I’ve never seen a less enthusiastic, more reluctant declaration of something that is considered great’ Is.’
Karim compared Kowal’s announcement to footage of American soldier and prisoner of war Jeremiah Denton, who was famous for Blink the word ‘torture’ using Morse code In a Vietnamese propaganda video in 1966.
Karim writes, ‘The words spoken do not match the eyes.
According to the New York Times, Karim never actually had a formal role at YouTube before he was sold to Google in October 2006 for $1.65 billion.
After purchasing the platform, Karim received a master’s degree in computer science at Stanford University.
Karim (pictured) co-founded YouTube with Chad Hurley and Steve Chen in February 2005, but was sold to Google less than two years later.
Despite this, he has one of the most famous faces in YouTube history, thanks to his appearance in the very first video uploaded to the platform.
‘Me at the Zoo’, which lasts only 18 seconds, was uploaded to YouTube on 23 April 2005.
In the video, Karim is seen standing in front of an elephant exhibit at the San Diego Zoo telling the camera that the animals have ‘really long trunks’.
Thankfully, more exciting videos have been uploaded to YouTube in the platform’s 16-year history.
Full statement of Javed Karim
‘Seeing Matt Koval’s announcement to remove dislikes made me think something was amiss.
The words spoken do not match the eyes. The video reminded me of an interview given by Admiral Jeremiah Denton in 1966. I’ve never seen a less enthusiastic, more reluctant announcement of something that is considered great.
Removing dislikes a good thing for creators can’t be done without protest by someone holding the title of “youtube’s creator liaison”. We know this because there isn’t a single YouTube creator who thinks removing dislikes is a good idea – for YouTube or for creators.
Why would YouTube make this universally disliked change? There’s a reason, but it’s not a good one, and not one that would be publicly disclosed. Instead, there will be references to different studies. Studies that clearly contradict the common sense of every YouTuber.
Ability to easily and quickly identify bad material…