r/dankmemes Jan 15 '22 Silver 65 Helpful 61 Wholesome 71 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Evil Cackle 1 Mod's Choice 1

Now touch both exposed proms with a pair of scissors it's pronounced gif

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u/Zvolensky5321 Jan 15 '22 Helpful

returnyoutubedislike.com

You can thank me later.

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u/newtelegraphwhodis Jan 15 '22

how does this work?

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u/cantileverboom Jan 15 '22 edited Jan 15 '22

The API to obtain the dislike count still works, so the plugin calls the API and inserts the dislike count itself.

If YouTube ever removes the API, then there won't really be a way to obtain the dislike count.

(if anyone is unfamiliar with APIs, the Wikipedia page has a decent amount of info on them)

edit: seems like the API doesn't apply for new videos, and bases it off of user data from the extension. Thanks for the info fellow redditors

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u/Zakaker Jan 15 '22

Actually, the API has already been shut down. Quoting from the extension's official website:

"Where does the extension get its data?"

A combination of archived data from before the offical YouTube dislike API shut down, and extrapolated extension user behavior.

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u/cantileverboom Jan 15 '22

yeah, saw the other commenters' responses. Really a bummer, and thanks for the update!