Google and YouTube to pay $170m in child-privacy settlement
After months of speculation, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) yesterday announced details of its settlement with Google and YouTube over alleged violations of child-privacy law. The big number: $170m. That’s how...
September 5, 2019
YouTube tipped to be fined up to $200m in child-privacy case
There has been gossip about an imminent settlement between Google/YouTube and the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for some time now. The latest burst of reports suggests that YouTube will be paying between $150m and $200m...
September 2, 2019
FTC mulls changes to child-privacy regulations in the US
YouTube and TikTok (among other digital services) will have been put on notice by an announcement this week by the US Federal Trade Commission about children’s privacy regulations. The COPPA rule was first implemented in...
July 19, 2019
Now TikTok is facing a UK investigation over children’s data
In February 2019, social app TikTok agreed to pay $5.7m in a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) following allegations that it illegally collected personal information from children. It was “the largest...
July 3, 2019
China to introduce ‘youth mode’ time limits for short-video apps
The challenge of levering children off their favourite app is one being grappled with by parents across the world, whether it’s YouTube, Fortnite, TikTok or Roblox. Now the Chinese government is introducing regulations...
April 3, 2019
TikTok upgrades its ‘restricted mode’ for younger users
Social app TikTok is under a *lot* of scrutiny in 2019 over the younger end of its community. In February, the company agreed to pay $5.7m in a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission over violations of children’s...
March 28, 2019
YouTube disables comments on videos that feature children
YouTube has a big problem this week, and it’s nothing to do with European copyright reform. The video service has been under fire for its policies around protecting children who feature in videos on its platform. Why? Because...
March 1, 2019
TikTok pays $5.7m in FTC settlement over children’s privacy
Early on in our coverage social-video app Musical.ly, we warned that its large audience of pre-teens represented a big risk for the company, in terms of staying on the right side of children’s privacy legislation like COPPA...
February 28, 2019
Top Baby Shark videos doo-doo doo-doo-doo-do 4.6bn views
We are genuinely sorry for what’s on your internal jukebox for the rest of today. But this is a genuinely-interesting data story about viral hit ‘Baby Shark’, with some stats collated by video-analytics firm Tubular...
January 31, 2019
#word #of #the #year
Prepare to feel like your soul is wrapped in cobwebs because you are so very, very old. “Hashtag” has been named as “the children’s word of the year” by Oxford University Press (or, rather, #OxfordUniversityPress).
May 28, 2015
Taylor Swift is still the top musician on YouTube
Well, that’s not *strictly* true as the top musician on YouTube is whoever plays the music for children’s nursery-rhymes channel Little Baby Bum, which had 385m views in March. But Swift is the top named artist in the...
May 1, 2015
BBC giving 1m ‘coding devices’ to British 11-12 year-olds
In the 1980s, the BBC launched its own home computer in the UK – the BBC Micro – which for many current software engineers (of a certain age) is the device they cut their programming teeth on. Now the Beeb is hoping to...
March 14, 2015