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YouTube is hiding dislike counts in an effort to protect content creators from harassment

YouTube is making some changes to its platform in an effort to protect creators by hiding dislike counts on videos.

On Wednesday, the video-sharing service began rolling out a new feature that keeps the counts private and only viewable to the person who uploaded the video.

The actual dislike button, however, will remain and viewers can still dislike a video to tune their personal recommendations.

The updated feature was sparked by an experiment YouTube conducted earlier this year to see whether changes to the dislike button could help protect content creators from harassment and “dislike attacks,” where viewers purposely dislike a video to drive up the count.

Researchers at the site found that if the dislike count is hidden viewers were “less likely to target a video’s dislike button to drive up the count,” a press release states.

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