Google Agrees to Pay Up to £164.5 Million to Settle Investigation into Children’s Privacy on YouTube: Report

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is fining Google between $150 million (£123.3 million) and $200 million (£163.5 million) to settle the whole debacle with its subsidiary, YouTube, allegedly breaking children’s privacy law, Politico first reported on Friday. Read More >>

YouTube Decides It’s a Good Time to Get Its Shit Together

Following the fiasco over YouTube’s serving ads to kids, the company may be readying to end targeted ads on videos aimed at children – a move that, when taken together with other recent measures, would indicate that at least on some fronts, YouTube is getting its shit together. Read More >>

Report: Parents of Child YouTubers Worry Getting Pushed to YouTube Kids Will Make Them Less Money

Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that YouTube was considering some drastic measures in response to growing criticism over its impact on children – which has included everything from a federal investigation into whether it illegally tracked kids to controversies over disturbing content aimed at children and the site’s use by paedophiles. Measures being considered by the company apparently included “moving all children’s content into a separate product, the existing stand-alone YouTube Kids app,” as well as disabling recommendation functions on videos aimed at kids, the Journal wrote. Read More >>

YouTube Basically Admits Algorithms Aren’t Such Good Babysitters After All

In its latest attempt to please anxious parents, YouTube is finally offering an option to (slightly) favour human moderators over algorithms in its app for kids. The YouTube Kids app now lets parents limit the selection of channels kids can watch to those that are human-curated. Along with some other changes, this should make it less likely that junior sees a video of Peppa the Pig drinking bleach during screen time. Read More >>

YouTube Kids Will Finally Offer a Mode Where Actual Humans Actually Bother to Vet the Videos

After months of harsh coverage of the malicious or inappropriate content that keeps popping up on YouTube Kids, ranging from videos of Peppa Pig drinking bleach to David Icke conspiracy rants, Google seems to have partially conceded and is planning on rolling out a human-curated version of the app. Read More >>

YouTube Kids Has Videos on How Reptilians Rule the World, Moon Landing Was Fake 

YouTube Kids, the supposedly child-friendly version of YouTube that’s been shown to often play host to troves of slop content and disturbing videos, apparently was showing videos from British conspiracy theorist David Icke, a guy who believes reptilian aliens secretly control the world and are responsible for the Holocaust. Read More >>

The YouTube Kids App Will Protect Your Little Ones From Dirty Videos, Most of the Time

Google’s launched a child-friendly version of YouTube in the UK and Ireland, which should shield the apples of your eye from inappropriate online content. On YouTube, at least, and even then it might not always work. Read More >>

YouTube Kids App is “Hyper-Commercialised”, Complain US Parents

When the YouTube Kids app was announced six weeks ago, it seemed like a nice, safe way to ensconce your child in a fuzzy walled garden of Sesame Street and a certain friendly Tank Engine. But according to a complaint filed in the US with the Federal Trade Commission, it’s exposing kids to a “hyper-commercialised” environment with basically no safeguards. Read More >>

Parent Groups Furious at YouTube Kids’ McDonald’s Advertorial Channels

Google's YouTube Kids app is far from being the sedate and innocent babysitter Google would have us believe, with US campaigners suggesting the way it blends editorial content with advertorial misleads children for the benefit of the world's super-rich brand behemoths. Read More >>