“Inappropriate Content” Plagues YouTube’s Kids App

By Tim Maytom

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Google’s YouTube Kids app, which supposedly narrows down the content available on the live-streaming site to child-friendly clips, has come under fire for including videos containing explicit and sexual language.

Child and consumer advocacy groups have complained to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), claiming that the app contains “inappropriate content” and that videos available through the app included those that would be “extremely disturbing and/or potentially harmful for young children to view.”

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Centre for Digital Democracy (CDD), the two groups behind the claims, have asked the FTC to investigate whether or not Google’s marketing claims are deceptive.

The app’s entry in the Apple App Store describes it as “Made for Ages 5 and Under”, but the group were able to find content in the app that included jokes about paedophilia and drug use, adult discussions around domestic violence, pornography and suicide, footage of people juggling knives and making nooses, and a video of Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie re-dubbed with explicit dialogue from Martin Scorsese’s Casino.

“Google is operating in an unfair and deceptive way and we’ve documented this in a number of cases, so we …read more

Source:: Mobile App News

      

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