YOUTUBE KIDS UN­DER FIRE

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The ded­i­cated video-stream­ing app for chil­dren has been ac­cused of not do­ing enough to pro­tect chil­dren from harm­ful mar­ket­ing con­tent.

Child ad­vo­cacy groups claim that Google en­gages in “un­fair and de­cep­tive prac­tices to­ward chil­dren” by not tak­ing steps to en­sure that food and bev­er­age man­u­fac­tur­ers don't vi­o­late pledges made as part of the Chil­dren's Food and Bev­er­age Ad­ver­tis­ing Ini­tia­tive. “Far from be­ing a safe place for kids to ex­plore, YouTube Kids is awash with food and bev­er­age mar­ket­ing that you won't find on other me­dia plat­forms for young chil­dren,” Cam­paign for a Com­mer­cial-Free Child­hood's Josh Golin said. “The Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion should in­ves­ti­gate why Google's al­go­rithms aren't con­fig­ured to keep junk food mar­ket­ing off of YouTube Kids, and hold food and bev­er­age com­pa­nies ac­count­able for vi­o­lat­ing their pledges not to tar­get their most un­healthy prod­ucts to chil­dren.”

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