YouTube co-founder protests against dislike count removal

13:35, 17 November 2021
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Jawed Karim modified the description of the first video uploaded to the platform “Me at the zoo”.

YouTube’s co-founder Jawed Karim who uploaded the first video on the website has changed its description to oppose the decision not to show the dislike count under the videos.

“Me at the zoo” uploaded on April 23, 2005, now has a caption criticizing the removal of the count, a move intended to protect content makers and their videos against “dislike raids” and harassment.

“When every YouTuber agrees that removing dislikes is a stupid idea, it probably is. Try again, YouTube.”

Besides, Karim left a comment on the “Update to YouTube’s Dislike Count” video filming YouTube’s Creator Liaison Matt Koval presenting the upcoming changes.

“Matt doesn’t look excited because he knows it’s the wrong decision,” the co-founder wrote.

Users can still hit the dislike button, however, the information on the number of dislikes is available only to the channel’s owner. Most netizens have criticized the update highlighting that they used the dislike count to decide whether to watch a video or not, while others believe that it violates the freedom of expression.

It is not the first time Karim denounces a YouTube update. In November 2013, he made his first post in eight years in which he expressed anger at the requirement to have a Google+ account to leave comments under videos.

“Why the f**k do I need a google+ account to comment on a video?”

Karim was not an official employee when the platform was launched but rather worked as an advisor with Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, whom he met while working at PayPal. He reportedly held around $64 mln in YouTube shares when the site was sold to Google for $1.6 bln.