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Jared Karim, one of YouTube's co-founders, has spoken out against the platform's recent decision to remove public dislike counts on videos. He believes that the feature is a crucial one, and that removing it will lead to a decline in the overall quality of YouTube videos.
I mean, I don't know if he's been on there recently, but it's not great as is.
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For those who might not be caught up on the news, YouTube explained last week that it's removing public dislikes in an effort to avoid targeted harassments and encourage "respectful interactions between viewers and creators”. The ability to dislike a video will still be there, and creators will still be able to see how disliked a video has been, but the public will be unable to gauge the like/dislike ration on content.
“Why would YouTube make this universally disliked change? There is a reason, but it’s not a good one, and not one that will be publicly disclosed,” Karim wrote in a statement edited into the description of one of his first YouTube uploads, for some reason. “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.
"And that’s OK. The process works, and there's a name for it: the wisdom of the crowds. The process breaks when the platform interferes with it. Then, the platform invariably declines. Does YouTube want to become a place where everything is mediocre? Because nothing can be great if nothing is bad.
"In business, there's only one thing more important than 'Make it better'. And that's 'Don't f*ck it up'."
For now, YouTube appears to be standing firm on its decision. Despite the negative feedback from all sides.
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