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This has blown up on YouTube the past couple of days - apparently the Federal Trade Commission is putting teeth into COPPA (Child Online Privacy Protection Act), to the tune of a $42,530 fine per violation (video)... since most of the world considers what we do to be "playing with toys," what we put up on YouTube can potentially fall afoul of this.
MRH UPDATE: FTC is going after anyone collecting data about kids. A zealous FTC official made a side remark that sounded like they're going after individual contributors to fine their socks off, but they mis-spoke.
Much ado about nothing. It's only web site hosters who are collecting data about kids. Regular Youtube contributors generally are not affected.
Of a you tube viewer. However, I have watched my soon to be 6 year old grandson look at dinosaurs on U-tube. There definitely needs some oversight as where he can get led To just watching dinosaurs is crazy. Eliminate the side bar of up coming stuff and that would be better IMO.
I do watch Big Al, Scale Model Miniatures, Daryl and his UP layout, Tim Garland and Luke Towan. Maybe one or 2 videos a week. This oversight wouldn’t be necessary if parents would watch what the kids are viewing. But most don’t and those that screamed the loudest got COPPA created.
Solution, creators—stop publishing any video for YouTube for 2 weeks, watchers—stop watching any U-tube for 2 weeks and see the Quick reversal of this censorship.
For the record, we have already told YouTube that our MRH YouTube channel is NOT for youngsters under 13, and we have made that official through YouTubes channel setup.
So any videos you do for the magazine that we post on our official YouTube channel are covered and are NOT for kids.
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