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 defined as a “type of online video service where users can upload and share videos”. However, popular 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.
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 ensure standards around advertising are met.
Ofcom says it will engage with potential VSPs to assist them in understanding the steps they should take to ensure compliance.
The regulator’s new responsibilities follow the 2018 update to the European Audiovisual Media Services Directive.