Jun 19, 2019

FTC reportedly investigating YouTube for violations of children's privacy

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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.

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U.S. has expelled thousands of migrants under coronavirus public health order

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The U.S. has expelled more than 6,000 migrants using new powers enabling the federal government to almost immediately turn back border-crossers under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emergency public health order that went into effect March 21, according to new Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data.

The big picture: The order has drastically lowered the number of immigrants in CBP custody to fewer than 100, the agency's acting commissioner Mark Morgan told reporters on Thursday. The number of people coming into the U.S. overall has plummeted due to coronavirus-related travel bans in place at both the northern and southern borders.

U.S. coronavirus updates: 16 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

About 16 million Americans have filed for jobless benefits over the past three weeks due to the economic repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic.

The big picture: Both the federal government and individual states are surveying different models of when it will be safe enough to reopen some parts of the economy and allow Americans to return to work. President Trump is preparing to launch a second coronavirus task force focused on reviving the U.S. economy.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1:30 p.m. ET: 1,506,936 — Total deaths: 90,057 — Total recoveries: 340,112Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 1:30 p.m. ET: 432,596 — Total deaths: 14,831 — Total recoveries: 24,235Map.
  3. Business latest: The Fed will lend up to $2.3 trillion for businesses, state and city governments — Another 6.6 million jobless claims were filed last week.
  4. Federal government latest: President Trump is preparing to launch a second coronavirus task force focused on reviving the U.S. economy.
  5. Public health latest: Dr. Anthony Fauci said social distancing could reduce the U.S. death toll to 60,000.
  6. States latest: New York's coronavirus death toll hits record high for third straight day.
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  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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