Regulating video-sharing platforms: what you need to know

06 October 2021

The government introduced legislation in autumn 2020 giving Ofcom powers to regulate UK-established video-sharing platforms (VSPs). These powers came into force on 1 November 2020.

VSP regulation sets out to protect users of VSP services 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.

For more information on the regulations and the categories of harmful material, read Sections 1-3 of our guidance for providers (PDF, 237.9 KB) on measures to protect users from harmful material.