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YouTube plans to take action against “dislike mobs”

Published: 1/Feb/2019 21:29 Updated: 1/Feb/2019 21:38

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube is putting their collective feet down in regards to what they called “dislike mobs,” as stated in a video from the platform’s ‘Creator Insider’ news channel on January 29.

Tom Leung, YouTube’s director of project management, discussed a few ideas that the site cooked up to mitigate what he called “dislike mobs,” which he defined as a mass of users who rush to dislike a video without even watching its content as a means to attack creators for some perceived wrongdoing.

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While users currently have the option to make their videos’ metrics invisible, Leung toyed with the idea of making this the default, with viewers unable to see a video’s like to dislike ratio unless a creator chooses to make such information public.

Additionally, Leung introduced a concept that would require users to check a box explaining their reasoning for disliking a video – which would, in turn, give creators additional feedback for their content.

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The most dramatic solution Leung discussed was removing the dislike button completely, which would mark a drastic change for the platform that Leung himself called “extreme” and “not super democratic.”

Movieweb.comYouTube’s recent discussion around “dislike mobs” could stem from the mass dislike of their 2018 YouTube Rewind video.

Leung clarified that YouTube is merely in talks to implement such changes, with no official plan enacted thus far.

This latest discussion follows YouTube’s new algorithm against ‘conspiracy’ content, which suppresses recommendations for such content that denies historical events, makes false claims about scientific evidence, and promotes “miracle cures” for major illnesses.

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It was thought that popular YouTuber Shane Dawson’s recent ‘Conspiracy Series’ was demonetized due to the algorithm; however, it turns out that the site’s automatic review system pulled the video for showing footage of a ‘Bird Box’ prank.

Dawson’s video has since been reviewed, with YouTube calling the incident a “mistake.”

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Twitch streamer shocked after viewer sends him 126 lbs of cranberry sauce

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:02

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular Twitch streamer ‘TheStockGuy’ was left speechless after receiving 126 lbs of cranberry sauce in the mail from one of his viewers in a hilarious prank.

Twitch is one of the net’s most popular live streaming platforms, and rightfully so; the site is home to a slew of hilarious and shocking moments that happen in real-time, from everything to doors falling on unlucky streamers in the middle of video games to viewers rescuing streamers’ trapped cats.

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However, some of these on-stream occurrences are downright strange, and many streamers have received the odd occasional gift from their viewers, including that time when Pokimane received a body pillow with a photo of herself on it.

While streamers having a public P.O. Box to receive gifts from fans is not uncommon, very often the things they receive are; and Twitch streamer TheStockGuy became the subject of a seriously weird present of sorts.

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Twitch star “Pokimane” has received a slew of strange gifts from fans – one of which was a body pillow with her own face on it.

During an October 6 broadcast, TheStockGuy — who has gained notoriety on the platform for educating his viewers about finances and the stock market — revealed he’d been sent 126 lbs of Ocean Spray brand cranberry sauce.

“What is wrong with you people?” the streamer asked, seeming genuinely baffled by the situation. “Somebody sent me 126 lbs of cranberry sauce! What — where am I supposed to put this? Isn’t there some charity or something this money could go to?”

Although the he appeared to be utterly flummoxed by the viewers’ decision, he decided to make the best of the unexpected prank, stating that he would donate the sauce to his local food bank for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

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“I mean — you know what? Joke’s on you!” he continued. “I’m giving this to the local food shelter for thanksgiving, so they don’t have to purchase cranberry sauce! That’s right — we’re making something good out of this!”

It seems that TheStockGuy’s viewers found the scenario to be completely hilarious — and while it certainly is worth a hearty chuckle, it’s good to know that the broadcaster is putting his viewer’s practical joke to good use, in the end.

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