YouTube is really pushing for people to use closed captions on videos because they claim captions help a video's performance, so now, much like the autoplay feature that nobody likes, captions are now also turned on automatically.
This may or may not be all just a conspiracy, but this is supposedly the real reason why YouTube is disabling dislikes on videos:
Whether or not this is true, I still say this is actually a pretty good idea, since some trolls do, indeed, often go out of their way just to dislike videos for the halibut (even I've been guilty of such in years past . . . and no, it wasn't on any Taylor Swift junk).
Okay, YouTube has added what's perhaps the weirdest newest feature yet: on certain videos, if you scan the player timeline, it'll show you some kind of strange overlay that looks similar to soundwaves, but apparently, it's a visual representation of what portions of a video have engaged the most attention and retention, like so:
Not sure why YouTube felt this was necessary to give us.
Hey, guess what? The dislike button actually still works, it's just that the number of dislikes are no longer publicly visible . . . that, that pretty much means trolls can still go out of their way to purposely dislike videos all they want, they just won't be able to see it.