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On Wednesday, YouTube announced a controversial decision to make the "dislike" count on videos private across its platform. While the intent is to better protect its creators from harassment and reduce the threat of "dislike attacks," the decision has been met with a lot of criticism, especially among prominent tech YouTubers like MKBHD who claims the dislike count is a "useful tool to see how helpful a video will be at a glance." Surely, you've searched for a "how-to" video and immediately clicked off because you noticed the like-to-dislike ratio completely skewed. In my experience, it's been a very good indicator as to how accurate or helpful a video is. Long-time Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein weighs in on the decision, saying a more "nuanced approach would be preferable." They write: In particular, my view is that it is reasonable to remove the publicly viewable Dislike counts from videos by default, but that creators should be provided with an option to re-enable those counts on their specific videos (or on all of their videos) if they wish to do so. With YouTube removing the counts by default, YouTube creators who are not aware of these issues will be automatically protected. But creators who feel that showing Dislike counts is good for them could opt to display them. Win-win! What are your thoughts on YouTube's decision to remove the dislike count? Did they go too far or does their reasoning make sense?

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