YouTube seeks ways to prevent abuse of the dislike button on its mobile app

YouTube is concerned about a red hot button issue revolving around, well, the dislike button on the YouTube app. This is actually the thumbs down button found under the title of the video. YouTube project management director Tom Leung posted a video this past week, revealing that the Google owned video streamer is trying to stop "dislike mobs" from negatively influencing affected videos. These groups vote down certain videos in numbers large enough to reduce the number of recommendation they receive; this could result in a lower number of views for a clip than it would have received otherwise.

The "dislike mobs" usually pound away at the thumbs down button for reasons that have nothing to do with the actual content of the video; these mobs might not like the person or company that created a video, or want a positive review of a game or phone to be overlooked by YouTube viewers. Right now, video creators can go into preferences and disable the thumbs up and thumbs down ratings, but Leung says that other options are "lightly being discussed" by YouTube.

Some options being considered would require someone downvoting a video to check a box that gives the reason why they decided to do this. There is also talk that YouTube might remove the thumbs down button completely. Leung says that this would not be democratic since not all dislikes come from dislike mobs. Another idea would force a YouTube user to watch at least 25% of a video before the thumbs down option becomes available to be tapped.

Check out Tom Leung's comments by tapping on the video at the top of this article.



8. civicsr2cool

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Dont make SJW video and you wont get downvoted. Its pretty simple..

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I like the having to watch 25% of a video first, I think that's fair, I watched a little more than 25% of that awful YouTube rewind before stopping and disliking it.

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6935; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Making people watch at least 25% of the video before the like/dislike buttons become available makes sense.

5. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Lol, Google need look into all the reviews customer left on Google Review too. Delete the good review and leave scrap review...... and have google partner clear up with fee.

2. Busyboy

Posts: 739; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

This is absolutely ridiculous. Give a reason every time you dislike something? Remove the feature entirely? Google sounds super salty after the Rewind dislike bandwagon trashed the video.

1. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

No, that's not because the latest Youtube's rewind... /s

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It already got 15M dislike now.

4. rouyal

Posts: 1603; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

That Gillette video got hit pretty hard. Companies are out of touch.

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