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YouTube and YouTube Kids

  • Wojcicki and YouTube have faced years of criticism for failing to protect kids. Two months after the 2015 launch of YouTube Kids, a platform marketed as kid appropriate, advocates complained to the FTC that the platform contained sexual content, promotions of alcohol, and illegal ads.[1]
  • In 2017, YouTube faced complaints of violent content on YouTube Kids and exploitative content on its main platform. In 2019, despite promises from YouTube to disable comments on some videos featuring kids to prevent comments from pedophiles, advocates reported disturbing comments on kids’ videos.[2]
  • In 2019, the FTC settled with Google for $170 million for violating child privacy laws on YouTube. In response to the settlement, YouTube informed creators that it would launch a “made for kids” label on content.
  • In 2021, a House Oversight subcommittee sent a letter to Wojcicki about YouTube Kids, seeking information about the “wasteland of vapid” content on its site.