Google To Pay $170 Million To Settle FTC YouTube Investigation

The Daily Caller | 9/4/2019 | Staff
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Google agreed to pay a record $170 million fine Wednesday to settle an investigation into YouTube by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and New York’s attorney general.

Of the $170 million, $136 million will be paid directly to the FTC, which approved the settlement 3-2, and $34 million be paid to the state of New York, according to the NYT.

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The investigation came after a June 3 NYT report that YouTube’s algorithm essentially directed videos of children in bathing suits to users who watched other videos of prepubescent kids.

The FTC received complaints that YouTube’s video recommendations were in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which prevents companies from tracking and targeting of users younger than 13.

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“We reached a record $170M settlement with Youtube [and] Google for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act for serving targeted ads to users watching videos meant for children. These companies risked children’s personal info [and] abused their powers for profits,” New York Democratic Attorney General Letitia James wrote on Twitter.

FTC Chairman Joe Simons said the Commission’s “judgment is [three times] larger than any privacy penalty assessed against Google anywhere else in the world. It’s [ten times] larger than the civil penalties we have obtained in all of our...
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