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Consumer Watchdog's experts and advocates are quoted every day in the printed press, online, and on TV and radio. Below are selections from our appearances in the news.

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4/8/2015
By Conor Dougherty, THE NEW YORK TIMES - BITS BLOG
Several consumer groups are expected to file a complaint on Tuesday that asks the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google’s recently released YouTube Kids application, a portal for cartoons and learning shows, arguing that the app mixes ads and programming in ways that are deceptive to children. The complaint is being prepared by...
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4/7/2015
By Carolyn Said, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
When YouTube Kids launched in February, Google heralded the app as “the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind.” The Internet giant said its new app would make it safer and easier for young children to find family-friendly videos on their parents’ smartphones. But now 10 children’s and...
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4/7/2015
By Rich Lord, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Google’s 6-week-old foray into video for preschoolers provides a seductive and seamless mix of kid-friendly fun and advertising, child advocates charged Tuesday as they called for a federal investigation of YouTube Kids. In a 12-page letter, 11 organizations that advocate for children and consumers asked the Federal Trade Commission to probe...
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4/7/2015
By David Rhee, GOOD MAGAZINE
For decades, the Federal Trade Commission has been regulating television advertising with special attention to anything perceived to target the vulnerable minds of America’s youth. Now, consumer groups are advocating the same scrutiny be given to digital advertising, and Google’s new app YouTube Kids is feeling the heat....
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4/7/2015
By Katy Bachman, KATY ON THE HILL BLOG
Broadcast TV and the Internet video have long played by different rules. But when it comes to programming to children, a group of privacy and consumer advocates think it is time for a common set of guidelines. “Google’s YouTube Kids should play by the same rules as broadcasters,” said John Simpson, director of the Consumer...
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4/7/2015
By Truman Lewis, CONSUMER AFFAIRS
The app exploits vulnerable children and violates long-standing media practices, the groups charge   . Consumer groups are calling for a federal investigation of Google, saying its new YouTube Kids app preys upon children's vulnerability and violates longstanding media practices intended to safeguard children.   “There is...
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4/7/2015
By Saba Hamedy, LOS ANGELES TIMES
YouTube's big push into kids' programming is under scrutiny for blurring the lines between entertainment and advertising. A string of children's advocacy groups planned to file a complaint Tuesday asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether the newly launched YouTube Kids app is exposing young audiences to an unwanted...
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4/7/2015
By Cecilia Kang - THE WASHINGTON POST - THE SWITCH BLOG
The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday said it will review complaints by consumer groups that YouTube Kids is a hyper-commercial app with junk food and toy ads flooding the video service. Several consumer advocacy groups filed a complaint with the commission saying YouTube's free app that launched in February contains too many ads that young...
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4/7/2015
By Anne Flaherty, ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON -- The new YouTube Kids mobile app targets young children with unfair and deceptive advertising and should be investigated, a group of consumer advocates told the Federal Trade Commission in a letter Tuesday. Google introduced the app in February as a "safer" place for kids to explore videos because it was restricted to "...
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4/7/2015
By Cecilia Kang, WASHINGTON POST - THE SWITCH BLOG
For decades, advertising to children on television has been held to tougher rules than commercials for adults. Federal regulators have long been concerned that kids are more vulnerable to marketing and have a tougher time distinguishing between an ad and a show. Now with new apps, such as YouTube Kids, hosting videos aimed at children,the same...