More Problems with YouTube Kids

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 4:14 pm

The public interest and child advocacy groups that have charged Google and YouTube Kids with failing to meet their promise to screen videos and ensure that there is no material inappropriate for young children has come back to add new claims to the complaint they have filed with the FTC.

The complaint lists findings that the search function of the app provides children with access to a wide range of troubling content, such as:

Explicit sexual language presented amidst cartoon animation
Graphic adult discussions about family violence, pornography and child suicide
Jokes about pedophilia and drug use
Modeling of unsafe behaviors such as playing with lit matches
Advertising for alcohol products

Examples of videos accessible through the app and information about how to support the complaint are here.

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