YouTube no longer allows you to watch dislikes on videos, which can be important information in determining whether a video is credible or accurate. Although it comes with some caveats, you can restore antipathies with a browser extension.
Restore YouTube Dislikes with a browser extension
You can recover antipathies on YouTube with just a few clicks with a browser extension imaginatively called Return YouTube Dislike. Currently, the extension can be installed on Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera and Brave as a built-in application.
Firefox and Chrome use their own native versions of the app, while the other listed browsers are all compatible with the Chrome version. Some browsers like Edge may require you to allow extensions from other stores before you can do this.
If you use a different browser, all hope is not lost. There is a user script available for the Tampermonkey add-on that should allow the extension to work in the desktop version of Safari. You can also install an iOS tweak for jailbroken devices if you happen to use one of them.
After installing the extension on your favorite browser, simply go to a YouTube video to see the likes and dislikes.
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Not a completely accurate count of antipathies
The extension works by using a combination of cached data that was seized before YouTube disabled access to the dislike feature in its API, and extrapolated user behavior. This means that the number of dislikes on a given video will not be correct, but the ratio should be somewhat accurate.
Everyone who uses the extension contributes data to help determine the relationship, which means the author of the extension collects information about the videos you watch. Only content creators can see the “true” number of likes and dislikes that their videos receive, and there are plans to allow creators to share this information with the extension in the future.
How exactly much of this data remains in the long run depends on how many people use and contribute their data. Technical YouTube channel LinusTechTips compared its own counts with counts provided by the extension and found that they were mostly accurate.
This is about as good as one can hope for when extrapolating values based on behavior and historical data. It can help you avoid a scam or inaccurate how-to, which is one of the biggest concerns expressed by those who were against YouTube’s move to disable the relationship in the first place.
Measuring video quality on YouTube
YouTube disabled like-to-dislike conditions in response to brigade and mass dislike campaigns targeted at some creators, not for the quality of the content, but for targeted attacks. While this is a valid concern, the move also turned out to be one of the only measurements to measure the value of a video on the platform.
YouTube now recommends that viewers grab the comments instead. This is the platform that gave birth to the “Never read the comments” meme, and so many creators are now disabling comments to combat spam and hate already.
It seems that YouTube will rely heavily on users reporting comments in the future if this is to succeed.