Mozilla Finds Out YouTube’s Famous Dislike Button Doesn’t Work


We all have been at a point where we have disliked a video on YouTube by simply pressing the dislike button. Well, the news is that as per an investigation by Mozilla, that button does not work, and neither do other user controls of YouTube. 

For example, even after the user has made it clear that the video is disliked with the use of the dislike button, the feature refuses to stop showing similar videos and keeps the recommendations quite similar to the particular video. This has been discovered in a study by Mozilla which has been extensively done in order to understand why users often complain about YouTube’s recommendation policies. 

Mozilla Pays Attention to Dislike Button & Which Other Buttons Alongside?

Mozilla has paid attention to the ‘not interested, ‘dislike button’, ‘remove from watch history, and ‘the stop recommending button’. As per YouTube these buttons really give insight to YouTube about the user’s choices and this assists in removing what the user does not want to see. 

However, it seems like these claims are baseless and at the end of the day, the user is highly unlikely to be stuck seeing exactly what they were planning on avoiding. This can be irritating for the people who have less time to be searching for their interests on the app, or the ones with kids who have to dislike videos for different ages so the kids can be catered to with cartoons, etc.

How Accomplished Mozilla Come to the Conclusion that the Dislike Button is a Hoax?

This process was simple and short. Mozilla took data from at least 20,000 YouTube users to figure out that the dislike button is a hoax after all. The button and the likes of it are not effective as per the data that was obtained from the users. This data focused on the video recommendations of the users. What at best is done, is that there are few such videos removed however that is a very minimum number and in most cases, there is no difference at all that is seen in the recommendations. 

This makes the dislike button a simple decoration for the design of the application and people seem furious as to why these buttons even exist if their insights are not even properly assessed. People like to give their opinions and when their opinions are not heard they do tend to get upset with the whole idea of the application. However one needs to keep in mind that researches are mostly correct in this day and age because they are done with complete backup and false claims can easily become legal battles.

What do Mozilla and YouTube have to Say About the Issue?

“YouTube should respect the feedback users share about their experience, treating them as meaningful signals about how people want to spend their time on the platform,” said a Mozilla researcher.

YouTube spokesperson Elena Hernandez refuted the claims of the researchers. “Importantly, our controls do not filter out entire topics or viewpoints, as this could have negative effects for viewers, like creating echo chambers. We welcome academic research on our platform, which is why we recently expanded Data API access through our YouTube Researcher Program. Mozilla’s report doesn’t take into account how our systems actually work, and therefore it’s difficult for us to glean many insights”.

Muhammad Tufail Sheikh
Tufail Sheikh leads Techywired's coverage of computing and gaming niche. He has been writing about best gaming laptops and PCs which is his passion right from the start of his career. He is a gaming geek from the early childhood and you can always find him playing video games in his favorite couch.

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