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The Federal Trade Commission is in the late stages of a probe into YouTube's handling of children's content following multiple complaints from privacy advocates, the Washington Post reports.

Details: The complaints allege that YouTube fails to protect children's privacy and has partaken in improper data collection. The investigation, which could result in fines, has reportedly catalyzed discussions on children users that include overhauls to recommended video algorithms.

The Wall Street Journal also reported that executives at Google, which owns YouTube, are considering relocating all kids content to YouTube Kids — a separate platform with safeguards for age-appropriate material. But such a move would be costly and difficult to execute considering the overwhelming mass of content that would have to be addressed.

  • The FTC declined to comment on the matter, citing a rule prohibiting the confirmation or denial of non-pubic probes.

Between the lines: YouTube has already been under scrutiny for its treatment of hate speech, racism content, fake news and more. While the company has made steps to try and address the issue, news of the investigation will only bring further light to the lack of regulation that content on the site currently faces.

Go deeper: Why YouTube needs principles

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Dion Rabouin, author of Markets
22 mins ago - Economy & Business

The fragile recovery

Data: Department of Labor; Chart: Axios Visuals

The number of people receiving unemployment benefits is falling but remains remarkably high three weeks before pandemic assistance programs are set to expire. More than 1 million people a week are still filing for initial jobless claims, including nearly 300,000 applying for pandemic assistance.

By the numbers: As of Nov. 14, 20.2 million Americans were receiving unemployment benefits of some kind, including more than 13.4 million on the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs that were created as part of the CARES Act and end on Dec. 26.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
42 mins ago - Politics & Policy

The top candidates Biden is considering for key energy and climate roles

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has urged President-elect Joe Biden to nominate Mary Nichols, chair of California's air pollution regulator, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: The reported push by Schumer could boost Nichol's chances of leading an agency that will play a pivotal role in Biden's vow to enact aggressive new climate policies — especially because the plan is likely to rest heavily on executive actions.

U.S. economy adds 245,000 jobs in November as recovery slows

Data: BLS; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. economy added 245,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate fell to 6.7% from 6.9%, the government said on Friday.

Why it matters: The labor market continues to recover even as coronavirus cases surge— though it's still millions of jobs short of the pre-pandemic level. The problem is that the rate of recovery is slowing significantly.