Definition of disinformation
: false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth
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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
Motivation is crucial here; the claim of disinformation by the press is the fundamental falsehood in the White House’s anti-journalism messaging.
The farm used its thousands of accounts to spread disinformation about a fictional outbreak of Ebola in the state of Georgia.
He's instead castigated his own intelligence community and rejected its assessment that Russia's hacking and disinformation campaign was intended to aid his candidacy.
The dust-up in the Gulf is the clearest sign yet that cyberattacks coupled with disinformation campaigns are no longer the exclusive domain of sophisticated powers like Russia.
Google's parent company, along with Facebook, Twitter and others, are thinking about putting their brainy heads together to find ways to stop all the disinformation.
A world in which every story is tainted, the product of leaks and hacks, black ops and active measures, propaganda and disinformation—spread by trolls, replicated by internet bots, amplified in echo chambers deep in the dungeons of the web.
But the protesters were up against other, slightly different challenges the second time around: disinformation and disappointment.
In this case, virtuous leakers are also combating the disinformation campaign that seems to be coming from the Russians.
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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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Definition of disinformation for English Language Learners
: false information that is given to people in order to make them believe something or to hide the truth
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