The German Association for Voluntary Self-Regulation of Digital Media service providers (FSM e. V.) is a non-profit registered association concerned with the protection of young people in online media. Working within the system of regulated self-regulation introduced by the German Interstate Treaty on the Protection of Minors in the Media (JMStV) in 2003, the FSM is the recognised self-regulation organisation in the telemedia sector.
Together with its member companies and associations, the FSM is doing important work to strengthen youth media protection and keep in check online media content that is illegal or is harmful to young persons or impairs their development. To ensure a uniformly high youth protection standard, the FSM and its members have established voluntary commitments for various parts of the online world. The association offers regular members the option of adopting the regulated self-regulation model and calling on the FSM in the event of disputes with the KJM.
The FSM also operates a hotline that any user can call on to report online content that is criminal or harmful to young persons. The FSM’s other core functions include extensive educational work and promoting media literacy in children and adults.