Statement: guidance for video-sharing platform providers on measures to protect users from harmful material

  • Start: 24 March 2021
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 02 June 2021

Statement published 6 October 2021

Ofcom has been given new powers to regulate UK-established video-sharing platforms (VSPs). VSP regulation sets out to protect users of VSPs from specific types of harmful material in videos. This includes protecting under-18s from potentially harmful material and all users from material inciting violence or hatred, and content constituting criminal offences relating to terrorism; child sexual abuse material; and racism and xenophobia. VSPs are also required to ensure certain standards around advertising are met.

The statutory framework sets out a list of measures which providers must consider taking, as appropriate, to secure the required protections. These new requirements came into force on 1 November 2020.

Ofcom consulted on draft guidance for VSP providers on the regulatory requirements between 24 March 2021 and 2 June 2021. This covered the measures set out in the statutory framework and how these might be implemented.

We have published our final guidance alongside this statement.

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1account (PDF File, 169.6 KB) Organisation
5Rights Foundation (PDF File, 296.4 KB) Organisation
Age Check Certification Scheme (PDF File, 151.2 KB) Organisation
Age Verification Providers Association (PDF File, 187.4 KB) Organisation
Antisemitism Policy Trust (PDF File, 124.2 KB) Organisation
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