YouTube’s ‘like’ button is disappearing when you press it

If you’ve tried smashing YouTube’s “like” button today, you might’ve noticed that the thumbs-up icon just… disappears. As spotted earlier by 9to5Google, the like counter still goes up when you press it, but what’s left is just an empty gray space where the thumbs-up icon should be.

It seems like this is a widespread issue. Several users, including myself and my colleagues, have spotted the vanishing like button across several YouTube videos and in different web browsers. Despite this, the dislike button still works fine.

For me, the issue only appears when I access YouTube from its desktop site on my computer — not on the YouTube Android app or my mobile browser. The Verge reached out to Google to see if it’s aware of the issue but didn’t immediately hear back.

It doesn’t look like this is the first time YouTube’s like button has disappeared. Some users on Reddit reported a similar issue months ago.

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