UNDATED (AP) — It isn’t just tots watching YouTube Kids these days. A Congressional panel is now taking a close look at the Google-owned video service aimed at young’uns. A House subcommittee on economic and consumer policy says YouTube doesn’t do enough to protect kids from material that could harm them. Instead, the panel says, the site leans on artificial intelligence and self-regulation by content creators to decide what kids see. The result, says the panel in a letter to Google, is “a wasteland of vapid, consumerist content” designed to commercialize the nation’s youth.
Photo: FILE – This April 25, 2018 file photo, the YouTube app and YouTube Kids app are displayed on an iPhone in New York. A House subcommittee is investigating YouTube Kids. In a letter sent Tuesday, April 6, 2021, to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, the House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on economic and consumer policy says YouTube isn’t doing enough to protect kids from material that could harm them. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)