Google is accused of providing potentially harmful content to childen through its YouTube Kids app, with a number of children’s advocacy groups on Tuesday updating a complaint about the app with the Federal Trade Commission, the Los Angeles Times reports.
“The news comes after the coalition of opponents filed their initial complaint in early April, asking the FTC to investigate whether the newly launched YouTube Kids app is exposing young audiences to an unwanted barrage of commercials,” the story reports.
The app reportedly launched in February, making kids’ content available on mobile devices. “It includes content such as tutorials, sing-alongs and other kid-friendly programming,” the Times notes. “However, opponents of the app argue that mixed in between there is branded content from corporate giants such as McDonald’s, Mattel and Hasbro.”
In the updated version of the complaint, the app is alleged to include “explicit sexual language presented amidst cartoon animation; videos that model unsafe behaviors such as playing with lit matches, shooting a nail gun, juggling knives, tasting battery acid and making a noose; a profanity-laced parody of the film ‘Casino’ featuring Bert and Ernie from ‘Sesame Street’; graphic adult discussions about family violence, pornography and child suicide; jokes about pedophilia and drug use; advertising for alcohol products.”