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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...
News Story
4/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
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...
News Story
4/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
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....
News Story
4/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
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...
News Story
4/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
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...
News Release
3/30/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed plans by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to examine the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust investigation of Google that was closed in 2013 without a lawsuit. After the Wall Street Journal earlier this month published portions of a 2012 FTC report recommending the Commission prosecute Google,...
News Release
3/20/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Trade Commission to re-open its antitrust investigation of Google and urged the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee to hold a hearing probing how the Internet giant escaped prosecution for its anticompetitive practices. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group acted in...
News Story
3/20/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Yet the FTC publicly announced the exact opposite conclusion. The Wall Street Journal has acquired and released internal Federal Trade Commission documents that raise some interesting questions about the FTC's official handling of an antitrust investigation into Google's practices. Specifically, FTC staff members...
News Story
3/20/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake of yesterday's leaked FTC report indicating that Google threatened web sites with removal from its search engine if they didn't let Google use their content, the backlash against Google is rising again. A few years ago, Google faced a lot of criticism, for everything from letting some of its Street View cars collect people...