YOUTUBE KIDS UNDER FIRE
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.”