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News Story
4/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The standards that apply for kids' programming on TV also should be enforced for online products.     It's disappointing that Google didn't voluntary follow the Federal Communications Commission's longtime TV standards. Its online YouTube Kids app ignores basic protections for children whose developing brains cannot...
Blog Post
4/8/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
You’d think that an app supposedly designed to deliver video to young kids would deliver appropriate child friendly content and offer things like parental parental control over how long kids can use the app. It would be a sort of walled garden where kids could enjoy online videos without being exposed to the tawdry and seamier side of the...
News Story
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. The complaint is being prepared by...
News Story
4/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica advocacy group Consumer Watchdog voiced its concerns over the YouTube Kids app at a news conference Tuesday, calling on parents to "take Google with a large grain of salt." The app "is full of content that is advertising, masquerading often as some sort of story or entertainment," said John Simpson,...
News Story
4/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Launched in late February, YouTube Kids, which is available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, is designed to let children watch "family friendly" content on mobile devices.   “[YouTube Kids is] the first Google product built from the ground up with the little ones in mind,” Shimrit Ben-Yair, YouTube Kids group...
Video
4/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
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.
Video
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...