Published: Sun, September 01, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

YouTube settles FTC complaint for at least $150M

YouTube settles FTC complaint for at least $150M

Politico reported the settlement is expected to be between $150 million and $200 million. The settlement will then go to the Department of Justice (DOJ) as part of its review process.

News of Google's possible settlement comes just weeks after the FTC lobbed a $5 billion (£4.1 billion) fine at Facebook following an investigation that found the company compromised millions of users' personal data.

The FTC has reportedly been investigating YouTube for violating a law created to protect kids online.

The law being discussed is the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

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Bloomberg previously reported that the agency approved the settlement without reporting details about the size of the fine. It fined the popular app now known as TikTok $5.7 million in February to resolve claims that the video service failed to obtain parental consent before collecting names, email addresses and other information from children under 13. The Center for Digital Democracy, a privacy advocacy group, said the reported amount against YouTube is "woefully low". Personal information about a child can be leveraged to hook consumers for years to come, so it is incumbent upon the FTC to enforce federal law and act as a check against the ever increasing appetite for children's data. In recent months, it changed its algorithm to promote what it called "quality" kids' videos, a shift that alarmed many of its video creators.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google will pay $150 million to $200 million to settle a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over how it treats information from children on its YouTube video site, according to a published report Friday.

In response to the fine, YouTube revealed a new web portal for YouTube Kids, along with a set of more discerning content filters, The Verge reports. The service is far smaller than YouTube's primary audience of over 2 billion monthly visitors, and data show the main site is used by more children than the kids app. Ed Markey (D-MA) was one of the individuals calling for the investigation into YouTube's violations, and made the following comment after the settlement was made.

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