The recent news that YouTube might remove the dislike button from their platform has caused an uproar with the users of the Video portal. Many users showed their dissapointment in the company by actively campaigning against them on Twitter, Facebook and Reddit. Many call for petitions to look for alternative methods to show dislike towards the videos, if the button is indeed removed.
What does the button do and why is it so important though? Well, the dislike button is crucial for the YouTube algorithm. If the video has a good like/dislike ration it will be suggested to viewers more often by the algorithm. But if it has overwhelming amount of likes, it may lose monetization and will not be shown in the “Suggestions” tab.
The YouTube community believes that this is a step towards favoring corporate accounts over individual creators from YouTube and would be the quote “Death of the platform”.
What will this do to the platform?
We’ve reached out to a very small YouTube channel and asked them how important it is for them to be in the suggestions tab of potential viewers, ForexBonusLab have commented on this event, saying that no matter how much the YouTube community tanks in terms of traffic, the community will remain unchanged, or at least scratched by a little bit.
Besides, even if the dislike button is removed, there is little the community can do at that point. The creators will still have to continue making videos as YouTube is their primary source of income, and when the amount of videos does not fall, the amount of viewers is sure to be unaffected as well.
Therefore the likeliest of scenarios are that either nothing will change. Or when the dislike button is removed, a small change in the traffic the website has will occur over a few months and will stabilize in the long-run.