new YorkThe criticized Google video platform Youtube is considering a newspaper report for far-reaching changes for better child protection. Company leaders are discussing outsourcing all children's videos to a separate app to separate them from potentially offensive content, the Wall Street Journal wrote Wednesday (local time) citing insiders.
In addition, some employees urged that in child entertainment no longer automatically new videos are played one after the other (Auto-Play).
Youtube has long been criticized for its handling of children's content. Consumer advocates and other critics are bothered, on the one hand, by the fact that the auto-play feature repeatedly suggests content that is unsuitable for children. In addition, the usage behavior of children is tracked with so-called trackers.
According to a Washington Post report, the FTC is investigating COPPA's (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) violation of the Child Protection Act. The law, which was passed in 1998, prohibits the recording of the online usage behavior of children under the age of 13 or the evaluation of it for targeted advertising campaigns.
Some of the issues highlighted by the Youtube investigation are also haunting other popular online services, such as Instagram and Snapchat, or gaming platforms like Fortnite, according to consumer advocates. The providers try to exclude with their terms and conditions children under 13 years of use. However, this ban is barely controlled.
The company did not clearly comment on the plans reported by the Wall Street Journal. "We're considering a lot of ideas to improve Youtube, but some are just ideas," a spokeswoman said. According to the report, children's entertainment is one of the most popular programs on the platform and generates correspondingly high advertising revenue. Google's mother alphabet makes so far little information on the business of Youtube.
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