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European Commission launches public consultation on fake news and online disinformation

23 November 2017

The term “fake news” has seen an unprecedented usage increase of 365% since 2016, even becoming Collins’ Word of the Year 2017. At a time in which distinguishing between fact and fiction is becoming increasingly difficult, the European Commission has launched a public consultation as regards the scope of the problem and the effectiveness of voluntary measures already put in place.

Two questionnaires are available in all EU languages: one for the citizens and one for legal persons and journalists reflecting on their professional experience of fake news and online disinformation. The results of the public consultation will help assess the effectiveness of current actions by market players and other stakeholders, the need for scaling them up and introducing new actions to address different types of fake news.

The consultation will close on 23 February 2018.

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