Session IV


24 September 2020, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Regulation and Responsibility of Video-Sharing Platforms


This focus session aimed to dig into the regulatory framework and practices related to video-sharing platforms (VSPs) in Europe. According to the revised Audio visual media services directive (AVMSD) in autumn 2018 and the extension of its scope to cover VSPs for the first time, various kinds of websites and live streaming services are required to take appropriate measures to protect children from harmful content; protect the general public from illegal content and content that incites to violence or hatred; and respect certain obligations around commercial communications.

The effect of a Digital Services Act as outlined by the President of the EC in her political guidelines, envisages an upgrade of the EU liability and safety rules for digital platforms, services and products in order to complete the Digital Single Market. Hence several questions needed to be addressed:

  1. How can the existing regulatory approaches be developed?
  2. How can regulation be better implemented?
  3. Is there a need for further regulation of VSPs?
  4. How could regulatory approaches look like?

The focus session started with a presentation to set the scene on the existing regulatory framework and main issues at stake. Experts from the industry then discussed the above-mentioned topics through a guided panel and addressed questions from the audience.



About European Audiovisual Observatory

The European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) is part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, and was created in 1992. The Observatory provides information on the various audiovisual markets in Europe and their financing. It also analyses and reports on the legal issues affecting the different sectors of the audiovisual industry. The activities of the European Audiovisual Observatory are funded by direct contributions from its member states and the European Union, represented by the European Commission.