YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim expressed concern about the platform’s sustainability following the controversial decision to remove the public’s likes.
By YouTube The decision to remove the public’s dislike was met with widespread criticism. Many people have given voiced opinions about decided to remove the platform’s dislikes, including one of the people who helped create the site.
YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded the first video to YouTube, “Me at the Zoo,” in April 2005. Recently, Karim decided to consider the site’s decision to hide his dislikes by editing the model. depicted on his original video. He made the difficult decision, assuming it would inevitably lead to YouTube’s decline.
Karim began his statement by drawing attention to what he saw as a lack of sincerity and enthusiasm from Matt Koval’s announcement of YouTube’s decision to stop showing dislikes publicly. He then pointed out the absurdity of a person dubbed “YouTube Creator Contact” endorsing a change that almost no YouTube creators support. Karim went on to argue that visible dislikes are a necessary part of keeping YouTube alive. He explains that the purpose of Likes and Dislikes is to help viewers identify quality content from a sea of user submissions.
Karim calls this “wisdom of the crowd” and says it’s essential for any website driven primarily by user-generated content. He further explains that the idea of YouTube is never that all content is good. Instead, the creators of the platform believe it will allow the best content to rise to the top. Karim thinks that removing dislikes from YouTube will make it harder for viewers to find videos worth watching. This degrades the overall quality of the site, and Karim worries that it will eventually lead to the downfall of YouTube. His complaints are similar to by Twitch Streamer xQc, who felt it would open the door for scammers.
To be fair, there is no such thing as a perfect system of likes and dislikes. For example, in October, Nintendo Switch Online expansion pack trailer is full of dislikes due to price complaints. Additionally, any video that discusses a controversial issue risks a similar reaction. Newspapers in particular seem to attract a disproportionate number of seemingly unwarranted dislikes. However, while the system is far from perfect, removing dislikes from YouTube can seem like throwing a baby out in the shower.
Jawed Karim also lays out YouTube’s questionable motives for the change. He seemed skeptical of the official claim that it was to prevent harassment, saying: “Why is YouTube making this change that so many dislikes? There is a reason, but it is not a good reason and not one that will be revealed publicly. Instead, there will be references to different studies. The studies seem to contradict the common opinion of all YouTubers. ”
Karim doesn’t publicly speculate on what he believes is the company’s hidden reason for removing dislikes from YouTube video and live content. However, he clearly didn’t think it would be beneficial YouTube content creators or even long term sustainable websites.
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