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Examples of disinformation in a Sentence
The government used disinformation to gain support for the policy.
Recent Examples of disinformation from the Web
The company is under scrutiny for not doing enough to stem the spread of terrorist propaganda and Russian disinformation on its platform.
Facebook admitted that 126 million users may have seen Russian disinformation on its site.
In addition, Google published a report that included a stark admission of Russian disinformation on YouTube to the tune of 1,108 videos.
Online trolls have been working overtime, spreading disinformation, identifying wrong assailants, making unsubstantiated claims, and amplifying the horror.
If that’s so, his prolific posts are a victory for Russia’s information war — that admirers of the Kremlin spread what American officials consider to be Russian disinformation on election hacking, Syria, Ukraine and more.
Democratic lawmakers had called on Facebook to inform users whether they were exposed to the Russian disinformation campaign.
In an era increasingly influenced by disinformation online, the feat has served as another reminder of the ease with which pranksters and other dishonest actors are able to game online platforms to sometimes unthinkable results.
The Washington Post reports that weeks after Trump was elected, then President Barack Obama personally warned Zuckerberg to take the spread of fake news and political disinformation on the social media platform seriously.
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Did You Know?
In 1939, a writer describing Nazi intelligence activities noted, "The mood of national suspicion prevalent during the last decade ... is well illustrated by General Krivitsky's account of the German 'Disinformation Service,' engaged in manufacturing fake military plans for the express purpose of having them stolen by foreign governments." Although the Nazis were accused of using disinformation back in the 1930s, the noun and the practice are most often associated with the Soviet KGB. Many people think "disinformation" is a literal translation of the Russian "dezinformatsiya," which means "misinformation," a term the KGB allegedly used in the 1950s to name a department created to dispense propaganda.
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