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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
As the scope of Russian disinformation campaigns were revealed, Twitter, along with Facebook, has faced increasing pressure from the public to stop trolls and spam.
The Trump administration was perhaps employing a brilliant disinformation campaign; more likely, this was a hopelessly chaotic attempt to obfuscate its own policy.
While falling user growth is a risk for Twitter, so are fake accounts that often stoke disinformation and manipulation.
Although falling user growth is a risk for Twitter, so are fake accounts that stoke disinformation and manipulation.
The biggest problem with Facebook is filter bubbles and groups where misinformation becomes disinformation and people become radicalized, which, again, is based on slicing and dicing.
Ukraine is still trying to defend itself against Russia’s real aggression in the east of the country and Western governments are trying to support it while fending off Russia’s disinformation and subversion.
Within just hours of the school shooting that left 10 dead in Santa Fe, Texas, Friday, efforts were afoot to use social media to spread disinformation about the shooter and his actions.
The assessment, emerging from the Senate committee’s investigation into Russian interference, gives bipartisan support to the conclusion that Russia waged a campaign of disinformation and hacking meant to help Mr. Trump.
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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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