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4/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
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.
News Release
4/7/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
Washington, DC – Consumer Watchdog has joined a coalition of prominent children’s and consumer advocacy groups that filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission today requesting an investigation of Google, charging the company with unfair and deceptive practices in connection with its new YouTube Kids app.  The complaint...
News Story
4/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer groups are outraged about the way that Google's new YouTube Kids app advertises to children. The groups are charging the new app's videos intermix entertainment and commercial content in a way that is deceptive -- and would not be permitted on broadcast or cable television. They are asking the Federal Trade Commission to...
News Story
4/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A coalition of consumer and child advocacy groups asked US regulators Tuesday to investigate Google's new YouTube app for children, claiming it inappropriately delivers too much advertising to young viewers. The videos on YouTube Kids "intermix commercial and other content in ways that are deceptive and unfair to children and would not be...
News Story
4/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google’s YouTube Kids app, which offers a walled garden of content aimed at the 5-and-under set, is the target of a coalition of consumer groups urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the service as a potential violation of rules about advertising to children. “The videos provided to children on YouTube Kids intermix...
News Story
4/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
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...
News Story
4/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
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 "...
News Story
4/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
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...
News Story
4/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
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...
News Story
4/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
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...