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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
For me, one of the toughest facts to respond to is that there is no publicly available smoking gun proof connecting the Democratic National Committee hack and other disinformation efforts to the Kremlin.
Shortly thereafter, the FBI began to attack the witnesses with perhaps the most inane disinformation ever—alleging the witnesses actually observed a private jet at 34,000 ft.
No votes were changed, but there was this disinformation and misinformation campaign.
Some of the scenarios dealt with actual vote meddling, while others focused on disinformation efforts to undermine the election.
So far the Russian disinformation program has worked brilliantly.
Late last month, two Congressmen claimed that sources in Russia revealed that the Kremlin is financing environmental groups to spread disinformation about the controversial practice of extracting natural gas from the earth.
An assessment from U.S. intelligence agencies published in January concluded that the Russian government had engaged in a hacking and disinformation campaign designed to boost Trump’s candidacy.
Motivation is crucial here; the claim of disinformation by the press is the fundamental falsehood in the White House’s anti-journalism messaging.
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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.
First Known Use of disinformation
DISINFORMATION Defined for English Language Learners
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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