A public consultation on the Draft Online Safety Code for video-sharing platform services has been launched by Coimisiún na Meán.
Following the consultation, the finalised Code will form part of Ireland’s overall online safety framework, making digital services legally accountable for how they keep people safe online. This framework will also include the EU Digital Services Act and the EU Terrorist Content Online Regulation, enforced in Ireland by Coimisiún na Meán.
Platforms will have to prevent the uploading or sharing of a range of illegal content, including incitement to hatred or violence. They will also have to provide media literacy tools for users, which can help people recognise disinformation and misinformation.
Once finalised, the Code will be legally binding on designated video-sharing platforms based in Ireland. Coimisiún na Meán will be able to impose fines of up to €20 million for breaches of the Code.
“The publication of the draft Code is a milestone in the move from self-regulation by platforms to effective regulation. The draft Code was informed by the views gathered as part of a call for inputs during the summer from civil society organisations and industry. We are now inviting members of the public to have their say in this critical part of our new online safety regime.”Online Safety Commissioner, Niamh Hodnett
The draft Code and the consultation document can be found via the Coimisiún na Meán website. The consultation is open for responses until Friday, 19th January 2024.