Over the next few weeks, YouTube plans to test several new interface designs that do not publicly show how many dislikes a video has earned. In the design the company showed off, the dislike button is still there for people to press, but it does not have a count that is updated in real time. According to YouTube, content creators will still see that information through YouTube Studio.
The company says the test follows feedback from content creators about “wellness and dislike campaigns”
What to do with the Dislike button is something YouTube has in mind on the page at least. This is the year the annual rewind feature became the video on the platform. , the company swam the idea of trying things like turning off rating numbers by default and removing the button completely to prevent a crowd of people from bombing a video. We would not say that this latest experiment spells the end of the dislike button yet, but YouTube is clearly thinking about how to deal with the problem.