I really think that the whole Plex team and the test team must be kid-free.
Much has already been said about the issue of mixing all librairies together by type and the negative impact it can have so I won't repeat it here again (even if the issue is major for me).
News was added a while back and up until recently there was no way to completely remove it that I know of.
Now I removed it from my kid profile but I am still not sure if he can put it back without me knowing or not.
Now you have Podcast.
And even if you remove it from the home screen podcasts are still available via search.
So if I type sex or porn in the search field for a managed user with access only to appropriate libraries...
I get "sex toys and sex offenders", "can feminist porn give you the horn".
All things that I don't want to give access my kid to.
Seriously, Plex was (mostly) super cool because when it was "screen time" you could live your kid in front of its specific user and you knew that he would have access only to content you had validated.
I already had issues in the past with the on deck category because it shows content to all users whatever their privileges as long as the library was eligible to on deck status. So for example I realised once that my kid had on deck episodes of horror shows. And even though he couldn't watch the actual episode, just seeing the poster I had specifically chosen for the show frightened him (he was 8, I believe at the time). There was also a stupid show I watched without my wife knowing because she was "against it" whatever that means. And... well when I got caught because the show which was restricted to my account only showed up in her on deck. It was marked as unavailable for her but she still saw it was there.
Overall I think the changes in UI are going in the way of looks more than the way of usability. And that's a shame.
PS : while writing this message I googled the possibility to remove news access and I found a link to the Plex account web page.
Seriously ? You can do it from your Plex website account but not from the app or the server ? I don't think this is great design. All settings should be easily available at least from the server module (it could be a link to the plex website settings but it should be easily accessible). Still I disabled podcasts for all managed users (which is limiting too, so if I want to prevent my kid, my wife can't use it ?). But the thing is, even disabled... my kid account still has access to podcasts via search.
It is a pity because I really love Plex, I am a Plex life user and I have been advocating for it around me for a long time.
But unless things change fast I believe I will now move to the Infuse client.