Understanding video-sharing platforms under UK jurisdiction

Report co-authored with Stephen Adshead

Plum conducted a research study for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to understand the number and characteristics of video-sharing platforms (VSPs) under UK jurisdiction and the extent to which these platforms are compliant with the terms of the new regulations under the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD).

The revised AVMSD which aligns rules for on-demand programmed services with linear television, also introduces rules for VSPs for the first time. The regulations require VSPs to take appropriate measures to protect minors from harmful content, and to protect the general public from incitement to violence or hatred and from content constituting criminal offences.

Plum’s research identified six mainstream VSPs which are, or could potentially be, under UK jurisdiction. The findings of the research study will inform the DCMS’ assessment on the impact on business of these new regulations.