YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim has react to the YouTube’s changes to the dislike option, saying it’s “a stupid idea”. YouTube recently announce that it will stop showing dislike counts on all videos host on YouTube to protect creators from harassment and targeted attacks.
But the decision has not gone down well with many YouTube users, including some video creators.
Jawed Karim updated the description of the first-ever video uploaded on YouTube “Me At The Zoo”.
Jawed Karim edited the description and Said :
Watching Matt Koval’s announcement about the removal of dislikes, I thought something was off.
The spoken words did not match the eyes. The video reminded me of an interview Admiral Jeremiah Denton gave in 1966. I have never seen a less enthusiastic, more reluctant announcement of something that is suppose to be great.
Calling the removal of dislikes a good thing for creators cannot be do without conflict by someone holding the title of “YouTube’s Creator Liaison”. We know this because there exists not a single YouTube Creator who thinks removing dislikes is a good idea — for YouTube or for Creators.
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 disclose. Instead, there will be references to various studies. Studies that apparently contradict the common sense of every YouTuber.
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. It can’t be. In fact, most of it is not good. And that’s OK. The idea was never that all content is good. The idea was, that among the flood of content, there are great creations waiting to be expose. And for that to happen, the stuff that’s not great has to fall by the side as quickly as possible.
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*** it up”.
Jawed Karim Added :
Besides the co-founder of YouTube, Jawed Karim is also the first person to upload a video to YouTube, which is the “Me At The Zoo” video.
YouTube was sold to Google.
Jawed Karim also comment on the video YouTube share detailing its move to hide the dislike count.
Matt Koval, the Creator Liaison of YouTube, explained to viewers what the move would mean.
Matt Koval says the dislike option allow creators to know whether the video was good or not but, unfortunately, research teams found that groups of viewers were targeting a creator, usually because they don’t like the creator.
Jawed Karim Said :
Matt Koval video has got 139,000 dislike counts against just 14,000 likes.
Critics often cite the public count of likes or dislikes on a video post to suggest it is harmful.
Facebook and Instagram have allow users to remove the option.
After the recent move by YouTube, users will still be able to click on the “dislike” button below a clip but the creators will no longer see the negative review count.
YouTube has assert the change will protect small creators who are target by dislike attacks.
It said it wants to promote “respectful interactions between viewers and creators”.
YouTube’s research has shown that making the dislike count private would result in a reduction of harassment of creators.
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