YouTube has reached its next level of censorship.
First came the demonetizations. Then came the algorithmic blacklisting/rigging. Then came the mass bannings. Now, we have the planned removal of dislikes. Here is what YouTube, which has long-since banned ManlyMovie, has said:
At YouTube, we strive to be a place where creators of all sizes and backgrounds can find and share their voice. To ensure that YouTube promotes respectful interactions between viewers and creators, we introduced several features and policies to improve their experience. And earlier this year, we experimented with the dislike button to see whether or not changes could help better protect our creators from harassment, and reduce dislike attacks — where people work to drive up the number of dislikes on a creator’s videos.
As part of this experiment, viewers could still see and use the dislike button. But because the count was not visible to them, we found that they were less likely to target a video’s dislike button to drive up the count. In short, our experiment data showed a reduction in dislike attacking behavior1. We also heard directly from smaller creators and those just getting started that they are unfairly targeted by this behavior — and our experiment confirmed that this does occur at a higher proportion on smaller channels.
… but there is a way around it. It’s called ReturnYouTubeDislike and you can get it here. It’s very easy to use, a few clicks and you’re ready to go. The add-on has enjoyed a surge in popularity since Seth Rogen’s new racist and sectarian movie Santa Inc has been utterly bombed on YouTube;
The bitter, hate-filled animation has a staggering 109,000 dislikes. Comments were also disabled.