What is Misinformation / Disinformation?


False or misleading information, unintentionally, presented as fact.

When one believes something is accurate, but in reality, it is not.


False or misleading information purposefully distributed.

When one knows something to be untrue but shares it anyway.

The terms “misinformation” and “disinformation” are often time used interchangeably when in reality they both hold different meanings and connotations. The difference between the two lies in the intent: where “misinformation” is loosely defined as untrue, or semi-truthful content presented as fact, “disinformation” is defined as untrue, or semi-truthful content, deliberately, and often covertly intended to influence its audience.

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