YouTube stripped the Dislike button in an effort to protect its creators from harassment and reduce dislike attacks. It is believed; its creators were often unfairly targeted by efforts to increase the number of dislikes. Though true, the Dislike count is of great help in determining the quality of video i.e., if it’s worth recommending or not. Well, a simple trick can help you get the Dislike counter back on YouTube.
How to get back the Dislike counter on YouTube?
It’s still possible to get back the Dislike counter on YouTube but there’s one rider to the deal – You can see exact dislike counts, along with other metrics but the number of dislikes for a video won’t be shared publicly. So, depending on your preferences, you can enable or disable the Dislike counter on YouTube.
- Download and install the Return YouTube Dislike extension for your browser.
- Run the extension.
- The extension, when active, changes the YouTube site to where it shows a dislike count.
- Just hover over the like/dislike section to keep the count.
- If you don’t like it disable or remove the extension.
Although, you cannot share the Dislike counts publicly, It’s still a step in the right direction as the creators can determine how their content is performing and even how to improve it.
Return YouTube Dislike extension brings back the ability to see dislikes on YouTube videos. The good part is it is compatible with Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Brave.
Visit this page to download the extension for browsers like Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Brave, Opera and others.
Add the extension to your browser and activate it. The extension will automatically restore the YouTube Dislike count to your video watching experience.
Return YouTube Dislike collects the video ID of the video you are watching and fetches the dislike (and other fields like views, likes etc) using returnyoutubedislike.com API. If it’s the first time the video was fetched by returnyoutubedislike.com API, the extension will use the YouTube API to get the data. It will then store the collected data in the database for caching (cached for around 2-3 days) and archiving purposes and return it to you.
Please note – This is an ALPHA version of the extension so, it may be slow to run and you can encounter bugs frequently. Plus, the video dislikes are cached and so not updated very frequently. It only updates once every 2–3 days.
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Why is the Dislike button on YouTube removed?
In its findings, the video-sharing site YouTube found many small creators, as well as those just getting started, were often unfairly targeted by efforts to increase the number of dislikes. So, to lessen the number of such unfortunate instances, YouTube had the Dislike counter removed.
Can YouTuber see who disliked?
Like and dislikes on YouTube are anonymous. So, there’s no such method to find who disliked your video. However, if you’re a Youtuber you can determine the ratings (i.e., the number of likes/dislikes).