The public consultation took place between 13 November 2017 and 23 February 2018. The aim of the consultation was to 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.

Graphic mentioning the total number of replies received to the consultation on fake news.

The summary report takes stock of the contributions and presents preliminary trends that emerge from them. A synopsis report will be published in due course.

Two questionnaires were available: one for the citizens and one for legal persons and journalists reflecting their professional experience of fake news and online disinformation. The public consultation received a total of 2986 replies:  2784 from individuals and 202 from legal organisations. The largest number of replies came from Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. It is worth noting a high participation in Lithuania, Slovakia and Romania.

Together with results of the Eurobarometer, and the report of the High Level group, the results of the public consultation will feed into the Commission Communication on fake news and online disinformation planned for spring 2018.