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Ofcom publishes regulation for video sharing platforms

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Ofcom has published a guide to the new regulatory requirements for when it takes on the role of regulating UK-based video-sharing platforms (VSPs). VSPs are a type of online video service which allows users to upload and share videos with members of the public.

The main purpose of the new regulatory regime is to protect consumers who engage with VSPs from the risk of viewing harmful content. Providers must have appropriate measures in place to protect minors from content which might impair their physical, mental or moral development; and to protect the general public from criminal content and material likely to incite violence or hatred.

Ofcom says it will engage with potential VSPs to assist them in understanding the steps they should take to ensure compliance. However, services such as YouTube and Facebook are likely to fall under the remit of Ireland, as defined by the Audiovisual Media Services Directive criteria for determining the jurisdiction of VSPs.

From 1 November 2020, UK-established VSPs will be required to comply with new rules around protecting users from harmful content.

The regulator’s new responsibilities follow the 2018 update to the European Audiovisual Media Services Directive.

Regulating video-sharing platforms guide

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