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Washington, DC – Tuesday, April 7 – A coalition of prominent children’s and consumer advocacy groups filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today requesting an investigation of Google, charging the company with unfair and deceptive practices in connection with its new YouTube Kids app.

As part of today's filing at the FTC of a complaint on how Google's new YouTube Kids app fails to implement well-known federal safeguards when providing video content to children, CDD prepared this backgrounder.  As you will see, Google's overall approach to YouTube, including how it targets kids on its service, features "channels" that are nothing more than ads for toys, promotes junk food and well-known commercial brands, and works closely (via research, etc.) with leading adverti