by MattAgorist, The Free Thought Project
As YouTube, Google, and Twitter crack down on peaceful channels, censor alternative media, and allow child exploitation videos to flourish, the Federal Trade Commission has slapped the tech giant with a $170 million fine and other sanctions for unscrupulously and illegally tracking children.
The fine was the result of a lawsuit against the company for violating the rights of children under 13 years old by tracking them online without their parents’ consent.
As Politico reports, under a consent decree, YouTube will require users to self-identify whether videos they upload are meant for children, obtain parental consent before collecting personal information about kids and provide its employees with annual training on how to comply with the children’s privacy law. Google and YouTube have also agreed to no longer use personal data previously collected from kids. YouTube will pay $34 million of the $170 million fine to New York.
“This settlement achieves a significant victory for the millions of parents whose children watch child-directed content on YouTube,” Republican FTC Chairman Joe Simons and fellow GOP Commissioner Christine Wilson said in a joint statement. “It also sends a strong message to children’s content providers and to platforms.”