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YouTube needs rectify video playground for kids. A consortium of child advocacy groups plans to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

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YouTube is being dishonest when it comes to acknowledgement. It violates the restriction of being 13 years old to use site for users.

A coalition of more than 20 groups is set to file a complaint Monday alleging the streaming site has been using and profiting off the personal information of young children on its site.

“For years, Google has step down its responsibility to kids and families by disingenuously claiming YouTube, a site full of popular cartoons, nursery rhymes and toy ads, is not for children under 13,” Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, said in a statement.

YouTube’s privacy policy discloses that it collects many types of personal information, including geolocation, unique device signifiers, and mobile telephone numbers from children under the age of 13.”

“Just like Facebook, Google has focused its huge resources on generating profits instead of protecting privacy,” Jeff Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy said in a statement.

The charges against YouTube come at a time of growing scrutiny from regulators and consumers. Child advocacy groups have not been influenced by YouTube’s efforts to use algorithms, human curators and community whistleblowers to improve the policing of its content for minors.

Now Murphy’s group and many others want the FTC to turn off the ad-dollar tap if YouTube doesn’t stop targeting children with ads.