New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on April 12, 2021) follows:

YouTube has become a sensation, leaving all other similar platforms way behind. It serves as a source of both income and entertainment.

With increasing active users and more creators coming in almost every day, developers at YouTube need to keep improvising it while also maintaining the stability of the platform.


But instead of being a company this big, it has been found surrounded by bugs and issues quite often.

Just recently, a lot of YouTube creators began complaining about weird behavior on YouTube where the likes on their videos keep disappearing, halved in some cases.

This comes after a similar incident where likes on videos weren’t getting registered in the first place.

This time around, creators after getting a decent response on their videos are finding that the earned likes have vanished.

never had an issue with my YouTube likes disappearing until this week. Uploaded 2 videos, both did very well in the beginning, and I checked back a few hours later and almost half the likes were gone. Anyone else had this happen to them?

Source (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

The company support in response to the growing reports has stated that the team is already aware of the issue and the devs are already working on a fix.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention – we’ve seen similar reports about likes being automatically removed from videos and our team is already working on a fix. Appreciate your patience in the meantime.

Source (1, 2)

This behavior would have been normal had this been limited to a few users but after looking at how widespread this has become, it is something that requires YouTube developers’ attention.

The company’s social media support channels are mostly flooded with complaints and frustrated users. But that doesn’t mean the platform has been compromised, the company makes sure that these issues are addressed at the earliest.

With an aim to provide viewers with a great experience, YouTube is mostly quick to resolve a dispute that comes forth.


We will keep you posted and update you here as soon as we have significant development in this regard.

Update 1 (April 13, 2021)

IST 12:18 pm It has now been confirmed by the YouTube support that in addition to the likes disappearing issue, the issue extends to even the dislikes both on Watch Page and YouTube Analytics.

Thanks for tagging us – confirming reports about the discrepancy in the number of likes/dislikes between the Watch Page and YouTube Analytics, and our team is working on a fix.

Update 2 (April 16, 2021)

IST 03:39 pm Wide enough that even the subscriber counts are getting affected now, confirms the community manager in the forums.

There is a discrepancy between likes and dislikes on the watch page and YouTube Analytics that’s affecting many channels.

Our teams are aware of this issue and working on a fix.

Update 3 (May 17, 2021)

IST 12:32 pm YouTube now says that the disappearing likes issue has been fixed:

Following up to let you know that the issue with likes disappearing from videos has been fixed. Thanks again for your report!

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