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Hey creators, we’re back again with another roundup of the latest news from the creator economy. You can watch The Creator Update on YouTube, or read a little more context about each update right here on the blog. Well, let’s get right to it!

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YouTube decided to remove dislike counts from videos to prevent harassment of creators. Photo: YouTube

YouTube makes dislikes private

Say goodbye to public dislikes on YouTube. Last week, YouTube started removing dislike counts on videos. The company says it decided to make the feature private after learning that groups of people were coordinating mass down-thumbing attacks on videos by creators they didn’t like. The update follows an experiment YouTube tried earlier this year, which showed that hiding dislikes helped bring attacks down without negatively affecting viewership. While public dislike counts are out, the dislike button still exists. According to YouTube, the button now mainly has behind-the-scenes functions — to tune viewers’ personal recommendations and to share feedback directly with creators, who can still see dislike metrics on YouTube Studio.

Two phones set against a bright red, orange and purple background illustrate how to use and view Instagram's new "Add Yours" Story sticker.
Instagram users can create and respond to Story threads by using the new "Add Yours" sticker. Photo: Instagram

Instagram launches Story and Reels updates

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could start an Instagram Story chain with a prompt and see everyone who’s responded to it? Now, you can do just that with Instagram’s “Add Yours” sticker. Posting a Story with the sticker lets you create or add to a thread of content under a custom question, topic or theme. On top of that, Instagram groups together people who’ve added the same sticker and lets you see their Stories.

Instagram also just released two new audio updates for Reels: Voice Effects lets you modify speech with a variety of effects, so you can sound like you sucked helium out of a balloon or like a robot. Text to Speech, on the other hand, gives you the choice of two computer-generated voices to narrate your typed-in text.

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Subscriptions gives Facebook creators ways to earn money from their most dedicated fans. Photo: Meta

Meta rolls out fan subscription services

Meta, the platform formerly known as Facebook, recently updated its fan subscription service to give creators a more predictable stream of income. With Subscriptions, Facebook creators can charge fans a monthly fee for exclusive content. The new tool also allows users to identify and directly connect with their most engaged audience. Starting in December, creators who use Subscriptions will be able to download the email addresses of their subscribers to contact fans off the platform. Meta hopes to entice more creators to sign up with Subscriptions with a bonus program that gives creators $5-$20 for every new subscriber they get until the end of 2021.

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Pinterest's Holiday Marketing Hub is a resource guide that helps creators plan their holiday campaigns. Photo: Pinterest

Pinterest shares tips for holiday marketing

Pinterest recently launched its 2021 Holiday Marketing Hub, a resource guide sharing data and tips to help creators plan their holiday campaigns. Along with a guide of the best ad options for your products, the Holiday Marketing Hub offers an opportunity to apply for a free holiday campaign consultation. According to the platform, brands that advertise early for the holidays see 6% higher sales and 4.7 times more conversions. In fact, 60% of holiday sales take place before Cyber Monday! So, if you haven’t started your seasonal campaigns yet, better get cracking!

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In celebration of Transgender Awareness Week, we asked actress and activist Shakina to share tips for supporting trans creators. Photo: Shakina

It’s Transgender Awareness Week

Hey, did you know this week — November 13-19 — is Transgender Awareness Week? To celebrate, Google for Creators is highlighting several transgender content creators and sharing their insights on our Instagram page. One such creator is actress and activist Shakina, who shares her tips for supporting trans content creators. Head over to the Google for Creators instagram page to check out her words of wisdom.

That's it for now. Keep your eyes peeled for another episode of The Creator Update in two weeks. In the meantime, check out more videos that’ll help you learn, grow and get inspired by subscribing to Google for Creators on YouTube.