YouTube makes privacy changes to protect children following $170M settlement with FTC

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YouTube is making privacy changes to better protect children after regulators accused the social media platform of violating the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

Beginning this week, YouTube says it has turned off or limited features of children's videos tied to personal information. This includes comments, live chats and push notifications. Users will also no longer be able to save video playlists.

Back in September, Google agreed to pay a $170 million fine and make the changes as part of a settlement after Federal Trade Commission regulators and New York's attorney general alleged its YouTube platform had illegally harvested children's personal information and used it to profit by targeting them with advertisements.

New Hyde Park Schools Superintendent Jennifer Morrison says while she believes the changes may cut down on bullying and children being exposed to harmful comments, it's a shame they cannot see and post positive comments.

 

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