LONDRES, October 6 (Hfrance.fr) - Online video sharing (VSP) platforms, such as TikTok, Snapchat and OnlyFans, must provide clear rules on content, allow users to report harmful videos and restrict the 'access to pornographic material, said UK media regulator Ofcom.
Under laws that came into force in Britain last year, VSPs should take appropriate measures to protect all their users from illegal content, with particular emphasis on those under the age of 18.
Ofcom, which is Enforcement Officer, published guidance for VSPs on Wednesday, saying he wanted to see noticeable improvements over time in security processes and complaints procedures.
Executive Director Melanie Dawes said the online video played a roleIt plays a role in people's lives, especially for children, but many users have seen hateful, violent or inappropriate material while using them.
"The platforms on which these videos are shared now have a legal obligation to take measures to protect their users " she said.
" We are therefore stepping up our oversight of these tech companies, while preparing to tackle a much wider range of online mischief in the future. "
Ofcom said its research showed that one-third of users reported having witnessed or experienced hateful content; a quarter said they had been exposed to violent or disturbing content; while one in five had seen content that encouraged racism.
The regulator's mandate covers both platforms and platforms.ablies in Great Britain, initially 18 in number. Platforms established in other countries, such as YouTube and Facebook, are excluded.
If it finds that a VSP does not failed to take appropriate action to protect users, it may be able to investigate and take action, including fines or - in the most serious cases - suspension or restriction of service. Report by Paul Sandle, edited by Nick Zieminski
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