The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is wrapping up an investigation into YouTube’s handling of children’s videos that could result in large fines for the company, The Washington Post reported.
According to The Hill, the investigation reportedly comes “after consumer groups filed complaints with the FTC alleging that YouTube was violating children’s privacy laws by collecting data on kids without obtaining parental consent.
“The Post reported that the probe is in its late stages, meaning that the two sides could be nearing a settlement, but the exact status of the investigation and its scope are unclear.
The Hill added that the news comes hours after The Wall Street Journal reported that Google, YouTube’s parent company, is exploring major changes to its platform to better protect children. One of the proposals reportedly under discussion among executives would involve moving all children’s videos to a standalone YouTube Kids app.