A guide to the regulation of video-sharing platforms

21 October 2020

We have today published a guide to the new regulations for video-sharing platforms (VSPs) that are based in the UK.

VSPs are a type of online video service where users can upload and share videos. They allow users to engage with a wide range of content and social features.

Under the new regulations, VSPs must have appropriate measures in place to protect children from potentially harmful content and all users from criminal content, and incitement to hatred and violence. VSPs will also need to make sure standards around advertising are met.

Today’s guide is designed to help UK-based VSPs understand their new obligations and sets out our approach to carrying out our new duties.

We will work with potential VSPs to help them understand the steps they should take to make sure they comply with the regulations. We will also be developing and consulting on further guidance on the risks of harm to users and the measures services should take to mitigate them.

We understand the Government’s intention is that VSP regulation will be in place until the new Online Harms regime comes into force.