UK regulator demands video platforms do more to protect users
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LONDON (Reuters) – Online video sharing platforms (VSPs), such as TikTok, Snapchat and OnlyFans, need to provide clear rules on content, allow users to flag harmful videos, and restrict access to pornographic material, Britain’s media regulator Ofcom said.
Under laws that came into effect in Britain last year, VSPs must take appropriate steps to protect all of their users from illegal material, with a particular focus on under 18s.
Ofcom, which is responsible for enforcing the rules, published guidance for VSPs on Wednesday, saying it wanted to see noticeable improvements over time in safety processes and complaint procedures.
Chief Executive Melanie Dawes said online video played a huge role in people’s lives, particularly for children, but many users saw hateful, violent or inappropriate material while using them.
“The platforms where …