According to data gathered and posted online by an anonymous researcher, YouTube has removed about 2.5 million “dislikes” from videos on President Joe Biden’s official White House site. YouTube recently revealed that it is experimenting with a new page design that hides the dislike count.
Users can give videos a thumbs up (like) or a thumbs down (dislike) on the Google-owned video site (dislike). It has had a policy of suppressing spam likes and dislikes for at least two years.
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A YouTube spokesperson told The Epoch Times via email, “We have policies and processes in place to ensure that the engagement on YouTube is genuine, and to eliminate any fake metrics.”
These kinds of interventions have been reported in White House videos on a regular basis, but it seems that only the dislikes are fading.
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According to data on the website 81m.org, the channel has uploaded over 300 videos that have received nearly 3.7 million dislikes, with nearly 2.5 million being deleted. The website’s author began tracking the engagement on January 26 and has released all of the data as well as the methods used to gather it, but when contacted by email, he or she refused to reveal his or her identity.
On average, YouTube deletes about 8,000 dislikes per video. According to the results, not a single like was removed.
The data reveals that even after the interventions, the videos have about six times more dislikes than likes on average. Without interference, the dislike-to-like ratio will be over 17 to 1.
Some supporters of former President Donald Trump seem to dislike the Biden White House footage, according to social media posts. Thousands of dislikes are sometimes given to videos shortly after they are posted online, with the majority of the dislikes being removed later.
Batches of dislikes will be replaced every hour or so in some instances, keeping the dislike count constant. The data shows that in some situations, a significant number of dislikes will be eliminated all at once.
The website 81m.org has the findings of the same review for a variety of other prominent YouTube channels. There were no dislike removals of this extent in all of them.
Based on an analysis of the data for the past more than two dozen videos on the channel, PewDiePie, one of the most common channels on the platform, does display some like and dislike removals, but never more than a few dozen per episode.
YouTube recently revealed that it is testing a new design that retains the dislike button but does not display the number of dislikes.