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YouTube Seeking Creators’ Feedback to Tackle Misuse of “Dislike” Button

YouTube is not making any changes immediately, but as soon the product team decides what to do, the updates would be shared with the community, Leung mentioned

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In a bid to curb notorious users from misusing the dislike button to harm content and channels on YouTube, the Google-owned video sharing platform is seeking creators’ feedbacks on ideas to tackle the issue.

Explaining the “lightly discussed” strategies, Tom Leung, Director of Project Management at YouTube, addressed the issue of “dislike mobs” in a recent issue of YouTube’s corporate series for creators, Creator Insider.

Termed “Dislike mobs”, these are people who, if upset with a certain creator or video, decide to execute an organised attack where they downvote or negatively review the content into oblivion.

The plans being approached at YouTube for now include suggesting creators to opting into the “don’t want ratings” video that would make both – the like and dislike numbers – invisible, showing a check-box form to state reasons for disliking a video and the last one is to remove the “dislike” feature entirely, Leung said.

YouTube videos can now be watched in the WhatsApp messenger itself. Pixabay
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Since the statistics of videos is important to the creators, the “don’t want ratings” option and removing the “dislike” feature seem unfair and undemocratic to the YouTube team.

Leung highlighted that the product development team at YouTube is aware that not all dislikes are from this particular group of people as some of them are genuine where users hit the dislike button for lack of information or other legit reasons.

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“Creators who watched Leung’s video suggested that people who want to dislike a video should have to sit through a portion of it before the dislike option becomes available,” The Verge reported.

YouTube is not making any changes immediately, but as soon the product team decides what to do, the updates would be shared with the community, Leung mentioned. (IANS)

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New YouTube Update Helps Creators Address Copyright Issues

It's now easier for YouTube creators to address copyright issues

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YouTube has updated its Studio Dashboard so that users can now have a clearer view of which videos contain copyrighted material. Pixabay

In a bid to make things easier for creators when dealing with copyright issues, YouTube has updated its Studio Dashboard so that users can now have a clearer view of which videos contain copyrighted material and have the option to quickly removing the offending sections.

The videos tab shows a new column called “Restrictions,” which lets creators quickly see which uploads are affected.

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This update by YouTube has made it easier for creators to deal with copyright issues. Pixabay

Clicking through shows details like which parts of the video contain the offending media, who initiated the claim and who owns the copyrighted content. If the claim is for a piece of music, the user can replace or mute the track, Engadget reported on Friday.

Notably, copyright disputes between creators and music labels or third-party companies are a consistent problem on the video sharing platform.

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This update will help creators keep their videos monetised, but it doesn’t address the underlying issue, the report added. (IANS)