Jeff Chester is the Executive Director of the Center for Digital Democracy. That's one of two groups wanting a Federal crackdown on YouTube Kids. Says Chester, "Instead of creating something that will protect children Google has, we think almost purposely, created a system that puts children in harm's way."
Chester says the groups have sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking for action against Google for deceptive practices. He says they haven't lived up to what the app promises and that's to be safe for kids.
Chester adds, "The most troubling thing we want the Federal Trade Commission to address today is that this app allows children to access content that is objectionable and hurtful and potentially harmful."
He says some of the postings they've found include:
*child suicide jokes
In a statement Tuesday, Google said, "We work to make the videos in YouTube Kids as family-friendly as possible and take feedback very seriously. Anyone can flag a video and these videos are manually reviewed 24/7 and any videos that don't belong in the app are removed."
Chester says the Federal Trade Commission says it will investigate the complaints.
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