U.S. media outlet National Pulse reported Tuesday that the Biden administration’s Oil Tube channel continues to see a high number of “stomps,” or too many people clicking on the dislike icon, and that the Oil Tube video platform announced it is testing a new design that masks public dislikes.
The move was announced via Twitter on March 30, with the Tubes explaining, “In response to feedback from creators about the dislike campaign, we’re testing some new designs that don’t show the number of public stomps.”
This Time around, the tube is starting with a small number of channels as a test, with the thumb-down dislike button still present and viewers continuing to click the little button, but no matter how many times you click it, the word dislike is always displayed below the thumb-down button, and no specific number of stomps appears. However, the creators of the channel can still know the number of videos that have been stepped on in the background.
???????? In response to creator feedback around well-being and targeted dislike campaigns, we’re testing a few new designs that don’t show If you’re part of this small experiment, you might spot one of these designs in the coming weeks(example below!).pic.twitter.com/aemrIcnrbx
- YouTube (@YouTube) March 30, 2021
Prior to the announcement, National Pulse had reported that the White House’s official tube-channel content was being stepped on in huge numbers, far exceeding the number of people who liked the White House videos. As of press time, the White House video, “Five Ways The American Rescue Plan Will Help You,” could be seen being stepped on eight times as much as the number of people who liked it.
A video of the White House celebrating the passage of the Affordable Care Act was stepped on more than six times as many times as the number of likes. Most videos on channels related to the Chinese Communist Party also have significantly more stomps than likes.