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YouTube Facing Probe From Federal Government Over Inability To Defend Kids

YouTube’s current issues surrounding content that comprises kids has resulted in a probe from the federal government, as per a new media report.

The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) is claimed to be probing YouTube’s data gathering means and failure to defend kids, as per media. The probe is reported to be in its late phases and was followed after complaints from privacy advocates and consumer groups. The probe also follows various investigations and reports from publications over the past months showing how recommendation and autoplay feature of YouTube lets predators to take benefit of content on the service sporting children. An FTC spokesperson refused to answer when asked by the media.

Policy makers have begun to answer to the probe. Sen. Edward Markey described the probe “into YouTube’s treatment of kids online overdue,” in an interview. He further claimed that “the firm has yet to take the essential actions to defend its youngest consumers.”

Both Google and YouTube executives, comprising respective CEOs Sundar Pichai and Susan Wojcicki, have paced trying to get a fixture to the growing problem. The firm made a decision to ban comments on the bulk of videos featuring kids in February as a method to stop predatory comments from distributing. The firm has also banned kids from livestreaming.

On a related note, YouTube is possibly the single largest public repository of music clips, but most of them are bit out-of-date, with audio and visuals developed for old TVs with single speakers, and others that can use a bit of an update as well. Many clips from primary artists will shortly sound and look much better although, as Universal Music Group and YouTube are recreating almost 1,000 of them “to the highest possible qualities.”

You can check out over 100 of them this week, comprising from the likes of George Strait, Boyz II Men, Lady Antebellum, Janet Jackson, Meat Loaf, Lionel Richie, Gwen Stefani, No Doubt, Kiss, Smokey Robinson, and Tom Petty.