Statement: Video-sharing platforms – who needs to notify to Ofcom?

  • Start: 19 November 2020
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 14 January 2021

Statement published 10 March 2021

Between 19 November 2020 and 14 January 2021, we consulted on proposed guidance to help providers consider whether they need to notify their services to Ofcom as a video-sharing platform (VSP), under new statutory rules.

There are specific legal criteria which determine whether a service meets the definition of a VSP, and whether it falls within UK jurisdiction. VSPs are responsible for self-assessing whether they meet these criteria; those that do will be required to formally notify to Ofcom from 6 April 2021.

Our statement sets out the responses we received and our final conclusions. Non-confidential responses to our consultation are also available below. Our final guidance, taking into account stakeholder feedback, has been published today.

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Responder name Type
Age Verification Providers Association (PDF File, 91.1 KB) Organisation
Ainsworth, H (PDF File, 129.9 KB) Individual
Fenix International Limited (trading as OnlyFans) (PDF File, 439.0 KB) Organisation
Langton-Lockton, T (PDF File, 82.2 KB) Individual
Name withheld 1 (PDF File, 163.2 KB) Organisation
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