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AtticTelephone

YouTube is removing dislikes.

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it's entirely possible different region teams of YouTube are operating differently or under different or misunderstood instructions. rolling out a change is one thing, rolling back a change is another. given YouTube's history of shit communication amongst different work silos this wouldn't surprise me.

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Well, it's gone for me now and I'm already feeling the detrimental effects from binging through reviews and guides of certain software products.

 

The github page for that dislike browser addon seems to imply that right now it's still possible to get dislikes from the Youtube API, but soon that's going to be removed as well and in the future the best they can do is rely on estimates from data scraping and view/like ratios?

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This is quite sad for me as one of my favorite things to do on youtube is see which videos have the highest ratio of likes to dislikes (it is quite rare for a video to have a ratio greater than 100 to 1, but I think I did see a video with 1000 likes to each dislike. It's a real shame YT be removing this info from public view---

 

On 11/20/2021 at 6:37 AM, Slipgate Tourist said:

This add-on makes the number of dislikes visible again. I'm using Firefox

 

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/return-youtube-dislikes/

https://returnyoutubedislike.com/

 

Oh, yay! Google chrome extension to restore dislikes! https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/return-youtube-dislike/gebbhagfogifgggkldgodflihgfeippi

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This change finally showed up for my account. I believe for people with older accounts, they "wait a while" to apply these changes, while a newer account I have just for browsing hasn't shown dislikes for over a week now.

 

It's dumb and stupid, and stupid and dumb.

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Good. Now horrible videos by big corporations will have mountains after mountains of negative comments instead of just a large dislike counter. Let's see how quickly this backfires.

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There’s probably going to be a comment under every video that says “dislike,” and everyone just likes that comment as a method of expressing and counting dislikes

 

At least until the dislike comments are also disabled / deleted 

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47 minutes ago, Pegg said:

Good. Now horrible videos by big corporations will have mountains after mountains of negative comments instead of just a large dislike counter. Let's see how quickly this backfires.

 

That's when they disable the comments just like when they notice an unfavorable like/dislike ratio.

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1 hour ago, lazygecko said:

 

That's when they disable the comments just like when they notice an unfavorable like/dislike ratio.

Actually yes they are always disabled on bigger videos by corporations already. 

Edited by Pegg : Extreme Engrish

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I would strongly encourage as many people as possible to install and use the browser extension mentioned above. When they eventually remove the dislike count from the API feed, the extension will turn to user extrapolation to estimate the dislike count. The more users using the extension, the better the extrapolations will be.

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