YouTube has reached its next level of censorship.
First came the demonetizations. Then came the algorithmic blacklisting/rigging. Then came the mass bannings. Now, we have the planned removal of dislikes. Here is what YouTube, which has long-since banned ManlyMovie, has said:
At YouTube, we strive to be a place where creators of all sizes and backgrounds can find and share their voice. To ensure that YouTube promotes respectful interactions between viewers and creators, we introduced several features and policies to improve their experience. And earlier this year, we experimented with the dislike button to see whether or not changes could help better protect our creators from harassment, and reduce dislike attacks — where people work to drive up the number of dislikes on a creator’s videos.
As part of this experiment, viewers could still see and use the dislike button. But because the count was not visible to them, we found that they were less likely to target a video’s dislike button to drive up the count. In short, our experiment data showed a reduction in dislike attacking behavior1. We also heard directly from smaller creators and those just getting started that they are unfairly targeted by this behavior — and our experiment confirmed that this does occur at a higher proportion on smaller channels.
It is going to happen ‘gradually’.
So, when a new trailer comes out for an unwanted sequel that is clearly awful looking, no-one will see how much it is actually disliked. Or if — and this is the nub of the motivation — a trailer that is excessively propagandized is released, no-one shall be allowed to dislike it.
Take note of the sophism: YouTube infers that the propaganda videos it boosts via its algorithms aren’t actually unpopular, they are merely subject to a co-ordinated ‘attack’ campaign. Even though YouTube has for years had excellent anti-brigading capabilities.
The truth is that these are site-wide, organic, actual dislikes. And zealots simply can’t compute that they’re out of their fucking minds. I’m surprised they didn’t blame the fucking Russians.
Next… the comments are going, mark my words.