The public consultation ran from 30th April to 25th June 2018 and aimed at informing the impact assessment, examining options for further measures to tackle illegal content online. The public consultation was accompanied by a series of other tools to gather stakeholder views, including targeted consultations and a Flash Eurobarometer survey building on a random sample of 33 244 respondents.
The Commission launched a Flash Eurobarometer on Illegal Content online. Its results support the evidence gathered, underpinning measures to tackle illegal content online. This Eurobarometer report is now available.
Analysis of the contractual Terms & Conditions (T&Cs) governing the relationship between online platforms and their professional users and review of the legal framework regarding such T&Cs in 33 countries
The European Commission is organising a series of workshops to discuss specific issues related to trading practices between online platforms and their business users. A high-level report of the workshop focusing on data-related issues is now available.
A consensus emerged from the consultation on the growing importance of online platforms for European social and economic wellbeing. While there is no consensus on a possible legal definition of online platforms, most respondents agreed that there are significant benefits stemming from online platforms: they are driving innovation, facilitating social interactions, and are powerful engines of growth.