Advocates Say YouTube is Showing Kids Explicit, Profane Videos

Two advocacy groups say an app designed by YouTube for children allows them to view age-inappropriate videos.

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Center for Digital Democracy have sent information to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that they say shows that YouTube and its parent company, Google, are misleading parents by telling them the app, YouTube Kids, only shows videos that are safe for children.

“Google promised parents that YouTube Kids would deliver appropriate content for children, but it has failed to fulfill its promise,” said Aaron Mackey, an attorney for the groups, in a release. “Parents rightfully feel deceived by YouTube Kids.”

The groups sent the FTC a compilation of videos from YouTube Kids, including a profane song featuring the Animaniacs, a tutorial for how to do one of Michael Jackson’s signature crotch grab dance moves and a video of someone playing with a lit match.

They also said that they had found a video on YouTube Kids that was a profane spoof of the 1995 film “Casino” — but starring Burt and Ernie from “Sesame Street.”