Tag: children

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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#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). 
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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...
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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...