20 May, 2015

YouTube Kids app draws complaints about content

BBC News | Technology | 19 May 2015

An app designed to make surfing on YouTube safer for children has come under fire for linking to “inappropriate” content.

Two child advocacy groups have flagged up videos that they say “would be extremely disturbing for young children to view”.

They have lodged a complaint with the US regulator Federal Trade Commission, according to the Wall Street Journal.

YouTube said any inappropriate videos flagged up to it would be removed.

The complaint, filed by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for Digital Democracy, claims that the groups found links to videos with explicit sexual language, jokes about paedophilia and drug use and adult discussions about violence, pornography and suicide.

“Google promised parents that YouTube Kids would deliver appropriate content for children, but it has failed to fulfil its promise,” Aaron Mackey, a lawyer representing the groups told the Wall Street Journal.

A YouTube spokesperson told the BBC: “We work to make the videos in YouTube Kids as family friendly as possible and take feedback very seriously.