YouTube Kids pushes 'unfair and deceptive' ads on children, complaint alleges

April 7, 2015 1:24 PM

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YouTube Kids pushes 'unfair and deceptive' ads on children, complaint alleges

The six-week-old YouTube Kids service is a “hyper-commercialized” environment that intermixes advertising and other programming in a way that deceives its target audience, a coalition of privacy and children’s advocacy groups said in a complaint to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Joining in giving YouTube Kids the big thumbs-down are the Center for Digital Democracy, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. They say the video app, targeted toward preschool children, blurs the lines between advertising and other...

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