Fake news: Who should stop it spreading? EU countries 2018

In 2018, an EU-wide survey looked into opinions on who should be responsible for stopping the spreading of fake news. The most popular answer was journalists with 45 percent across the 28 European Union countries. However, in some countries this figure was even higher; 56 percent in France, for example. The second most popular choice was national authorities, and the third was the press and broadcasting management.

Who should be responsible for stopping the spread of fake news? Opinions in Europe 2018, by country

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Release date

April 2018


Europe, EU

Survey time period

February 2018

Number of respondents

26,576 respondents

Method of interview


Supplementary notes

The survey involved 26,576 individuals in 28 European countries.

Respondents were asked: "News or information that misrepresent reality or that are even false are called “fake news”. Which of the following institutions and media actors should act to stop the spread of “fake news”? (MAXIMUM 3 ANSWERS)"

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