YouTube is trying out a new experiment where the public dislike counts will be removed on a select number of creators’ videos. The idea is to try reducing the impact of negative behaviors on YouTube.
The creators themselves will still be able to see their like and dislike counts in YouTube Studio, but with this public removal of total counts on the public side might take away from any negative situations towards that video or creator.
I’m sure that each creator, business, brand and industry could be affected differently by the sudden absence of of publicly visible likes and dislikes. It depends on the kind of videos each channel put out. The more controversial the videos and channel, the bigger the difference if people can’t view the likes on a video.