The European Commission has launched a consultation on fake news, to identify how people in Europe’s perceptions and concerns about fake news. Alongside the consultation, the Commission has also brought together experts on the topic in a High-Level Expert Group. The results of the work of both are expected to be presented in early 2018.
The consultation and Expert Group form part of the Commissions attempts to tackle the problems of fake news and disinformation online. The European Commission will also look at actions to improve media literacy among people in Europe and support journalism.
Speaking in relation to the launches of the initiatives, European Commission First Vice President, Frans Timmermans, said, “"The freedom to receive and impart information and the pluralism of the media are enshrined in the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights. We live in an era where the flow of information and misinformation has become almost overwhelming. That is why we need to give our citizens the tools to identify fake news, improve trust online, and manage the information they receive.”
The consultation is open until mid-February, and the High-Level Expert Group is open for applications until mid-December, with work expected to begin in January 2018. More information can be found on the website of the European Commission.