Earlier this year, YouTube began hiding a dislike counter for videos to help reduce attacks on content creators on the platform.
YouTube saw a decrease in this behavior after its analysis in July, so it announced that it would begin hiding the Dislike counter for all videos across the platform.
But the dislike button is not removed and users can still declare their dislike of the video. The number of dislikes of a video will be available privately to content producers on YouTube Studio.
By hiding the Dislike counter, YouTube said it wants to create an inclusive and respectful atmosphere where content creators have the opportunity to experience success and express themselves with confidence. This is one of the steps that YouTube takes to protect content creators, especially small creators, from harassment.
According to Gsmarena, some may claim that the Display counter helps viewers determine if the video is worth watching. However, YouTube says research has shown that watching or not watching dislike is not significantly different from watching videos.
Restrict targeted ads for under 18s on Google
Google blocks targeted ads based on age, gender or interest to users under 18 years of age.
Google also announced that it will disable the location history feature that tracks location statistics for users under the age of 18 worldwide. The company expands all types of age-classified ads blocked for under-18s and enables secure search filters for users in this age group.
In a blog post, Google announced a new policy for all users under the age of 18 and their parents or sponsors to request the removal of images of minors from the Google Image Search results. Introduces.
Large online platforms have long been under scrutiny by lawmakers and regulators for their site’s impact on the safety, privacy and mental health of teen users.
“Some countries have regulations in place, and as we follow them, we look for ways to create product experiences that comply with the rules and user controls,” said Mandy Brooks, director general of child and family affairs at Google. We are world-class for children and teenagers.
The approach of online platforms to teen users has come to the fore in recent months, especially after US lawmakers and prosecutors criticized Facebook’s plan to launch a child-friendly Instagram app. Facebook recently announced changes to targeted ads for users under the age of 18, but advertisers on the social network can still display teen-specific ads based on their age, gender and location.
Google’s YouTube video site also announced on Tuesday that it will make changes to its video upload settings in the coming weeks, making it private for 13- to 17-year-old users by default, allowing only people to view their submitted content. Have to be user-approved. Teenagers can also view content posted on YouTube in public view.
According to Reuters, James Basser, YouTube’s director of child and family product management, said YouTube would also remove commercial content, such as content that focuses on product packaging or encourages children to spend directly, from the YouTube Kids app. .