YouTube settles FTC complaint for at least $150M: report
Stage crew workers prepare the set for a keynote speech by YouTube at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. (AP / Julie Jacobson)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, August 30, 2019 3:24PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO - A published report says Google will pay at least $150 million to settle a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over how it treats information from children on its video streaming site, YouTube.
Politico reported Friday that the company will pay $150 million to $200 million to settle the complaint. The report says the FTC voted 3-2 along party lines. The FTC has been reportedly investigating YouTube for violating a law designed to protect kids online.
The FTC declined to comment and Google did not immediately comment.
Facebook recently agreed to pay $5 billion to settle privacy charges. The Center for Digital Democracy, a privacy advocacy group, says the reported amount against YouTube is “woefully low.”
YouTube launched a separate website for YouTube Kids this week.