A coalition of more than 20 children's health, privacy and consumer groups urges the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether YouTube violates a federal law protecting children on the Internet.
Groups are expected to file a complaint with the FTC on Monday. In accordance with the relevant federal law, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), website operators must obtain permission from parents to collect personal information from children under the age of 13.
The complaint alleges that a significant portion of the popular content is designed on YouTube For children whose personal information – including IP address, geolocation and persistent identifiers to track users on various websites ̵
1; is collected by Google unlawfully and then for the Alignment of ads can be used.
The complaint follows reports to which YouTube creators align children with disturbing videos, including some children in abusive situations. On Friday, BuzzFeed said the company will offer YouTube Kids a safer, more humane option for users under the age of 13.
But the complaint to the FTC argues that most children do not see YouTube Kids, which was launched in 2015. They see the same YouTube channel as the rest of us – and the company is aware of that, says Josh Golin, managing director of the Center for a Commercial Free Childhood, a nonprofit organization behind the complaint. The company could have moved popular children's content such as Peppa Pig or Sesame Street to YouTube Kids, says Golin, rather than leaving videos exposing "children's data collection practices and a click away from really disturbing content for children. "Human curation may be a good first step, but it is changing into
The YouTube Kids app does not relieve Google of its responsibility to the millions of children who use the main YouTube site, "explains Golin.