YouTube To Pay $170 Million For Federal Violations


(CNN) — Google has agreed to pay a record $170 million penalty to settle accusations that YouTube broke the law when it knowingly tracked and sold ads targeted to children, theFederal Trade Commission said Wednesday.

The settlement involves the largest-ever penalty under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, which YouTube allegedly violated by collecting user information from kids to fuel its behavioral advertising business. And it could affect the strategies of all creators of children's videos on YouTube, including large companies such as Mattel and Hasbro, according to federal officials.

I'm a big YouTube person. Whether I am bored trying to watch pimple popping videos or I'm trying to go down the Joe Rogan rabbit hole. YouTube is a wonderful place (minus the comments section. That place is a cesspool). It is a shame that YouTube execs would target little kids trying to get them to spend money. If you want to do that to adults, go for it! But no the wonderful children. I'm v disappointed. But then again they are the one's on the hook for $170 million...

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