Channel One and Russia 24 hid YouTube’s Like and Dislike counter under New Year’s address by Russian President Vladimir Putin .
Under the videos, there are Like and Dislike buttons, but the number of these marks is hidden.
Under the other videos, the number of likes and dislikes is still visible. To rate the video, you must be logged into your YouTube account, but even after that, the counter is not visible.
The Echo of Moscow radio station notes that by 1pm on January 1, when the counters had not been switched off yet, Putin’s address on the Channel One page gained 66 thousand dislikes with 12 thousand likes.
Another Russian channel, NTV, left meters under Putin’s appeal. By mid-Sunday, the Russian president collected 17 thousand dislikes with 4.5 thousand likes.