Since February, users, companies and the media complain about videos that look like child porn, but the service hasn’t solved the problem.
The United States Federal Trade Commission is completing an investigation into a possible violation of children’s privacy by YouTube. This was reported by The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, citing sources.
The Federal Trade Commission launched an investigation after complaints from users and human rights defenders, as well as publications in the media that the YouTube recommendation system allows pedophiles to use content with children.
Authority believes that YouTube does not protect children from malicious commercials and violates US law when collecting data. The law on protecting the privacy of children on the Internet prohibits tracking and collecting information about users under the age of 13. Following the investigation, the service may receive a fine.
The Wall Street Journal reported that due to the investigation, the management of the service plans to move all the children’s content into a separate YouTube Kids app. The Verge considered such a decision to be risky, since children make up the most active audience of the platform. Employees of the company also ask the management to turn off the automatic video playback on children’s videos.
In February 2019, an American blogger discovered videos on YouTube that resemble child porn. After the service was accused of organizing a community of pedophiles, the platform closed commenting on the video with children, and also forbade them to run live broadcasts without adults.
On June 4, The New York Times found out that YouTube never solved the problem with children’s videos. The representative of the service said that the company can not turn off the recommendations for children’s videos, because it hurts the creators of the content.