The German Association for Voluntary Self-Regulation of Digital Media service providers (FSM e.V.) dedicates itself primarily to youth protection and combatting illegal, youth-endangering and developmentally-endangering online content.
The association was founded in 1997 by media associations, telecommunications associations and companies that operate online offers. The FSM was recognized in 2005 by the German Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Media (KJM) as an organization for voluntary self-regulation. Alongside providers of Internet content, the FSM also counts hosting providers and access providers in their membership. Currently, the membership includes companies like Deutsche Telekom, Microsoft, Google, Telefónica, Meta, Bitkom e.V. as well as the German Association of Private Media e.V. (VAUNET).
The FSM office was established in 2002 in Berlin. Alongside the CEO Martin Drechsler, this office employs eleven fulltime staff.