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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
Facebook discovered 470 accounts and pages contributing to a disinformation campaign run by Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA).
Senator Klobuchar asked Zuckerberg whether Cambridge Analytica and the Russian disinformation campaign run out of Saint Petersburg’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) many have been targeting the same users.
Who something about disinformation, and also who something about privacy?
But the circular nature of his disinformation can be seductive to people who are inclined in his direction anyway.
Baldwin's letter cites a report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last week laying out how Russian trolls spread hate and disinformation in the wake of the August 2016 Sherman Park unrest in Milwaukee.
These accounts were being used as part of a disinformation campaign leading up to the 2016 US election.
The secretive, multimillion-dollar disinformation campaign, which US officials said was called the Translator Project, sought to discredit Democrat Hillary Clinton, bolster Republican Donald Trump, and turn Americans against each other.
Hennessy enters his new post at a time when tech companies are facing pressure for their role in the spreading of disinformation and other misuses of their products and services.
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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.
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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