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‘More Censorship’: Netizens Theorize Biden Administration Behind YouTube Removing Dislike Count

For more than a month, videos uploaded by US President Joe Biden’s White House YouTube page have received an overwhelming number of dislikes. Biden’s inauguration, for example, has been viewed over 1 million times on the White House YouTube page and has presently amassed more than 97,000 dislikes and 16,000 likes.

YouTube announced early Tuesday morning that it would be removing the public dislike counter on certain channels as a “response to creator feedback around well-being and targeted dislike campaigns.” 

It’s worth noting that channels already had the option of removing the dislike counter, but the action also removed the visible number of likes. 

“If you’re part of this small experiment, you might spot one of these designs in the coming weeks,” YouTube tweeted, including an example of the experimental toolbar.