An update to dislikes on YouTube and it’s use in the recommender system

Some recommender systems rely on explicit feedback like user ratings or likes and dislikes. YouTube recently decided to not show the count of dislikes on its website, but continue to use it for its recommender system.

We’re making the dislike counts private across YouTube, but the dislike button is not going away. This change will start gradually rolling out today.

Viewers can still dislike videos to tune their recommendations and privately share feedback with creators.

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