U.S. Senator Bill Nelson sent a letter to Google CEO Larry Page on Tuesday asking the company to detail how it selects content for the YouTube Kids application, and what steps Google is taking to ensure children are not being exposed to unsuitable content. The letter comes a couple of months after a number of consumer advocacy groups filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission FTC regarding the way the app mixes ads and entertainment, as well as a more serious charge filed in May.
The Internet can seem like a place without adult supervision, but in a space where minors are a growing segment of the online audience, companies are subject to a complex landscape of laws, regulations, and codes of conduct attempting to protect young users. When combined with the speed that technology is changing, it can be near-impossible to keep up.