Consumer Groups Bash YouTube Kids for Being Hyper-Commercialized

April 7, 2015 5:34 AM

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A string of consumer rights groups and child protection advocates expressed their plans to file a complaint Tuesday with the Federal Trade Commission against YouTube, which allegedly infringed children’s rights by exposing them to too many commercials on its newly-launched YouTube Kids app.

YouTube Kids, which was rolled out in February, allows children to choose what to watch from hundreds of educational and entertainment programs. But among those programs there is also branded content that aggressively promotes the products and services of several corporations including McDonald’s, H...

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