misinformation

noun

mis·​in·​for·​ma·​tion ˌmis-ˌin-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce misinformation (audio)
: incorrect or misleading information
Indubitably, a great deal of paranoid and otherwise irresponsible misinformation about the Kennedy assassination has traveled far and sold well …Ronnie Dugger
A muddle of misinformation keeps clouding the debate over hormone-replacement therapy for women.Melinda Beck
Each of these pieces of information (and misinformation) about me is sold for about two-fifths of a cent to advertisers, which then deliver me an Internet ad, send me a catalog or mail me a credit-card offer.Joel Stein

Examples of misinformation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sophisticated generative AI tools, such as voice-cloning software and image generators, already are in use in elections in the U.S. and around the world, leading to concerns about the rapid spread of misinformation. Holly Ramer, Fortune, 27 Feb. 2024 Facebook and other companies have made cuts to teams that respond to misinformation and harmful content. Ann E. Marimow, Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2024 However, there have been instances where these bots have been used to impersonate Black Americans and spread misinformation or biased narratives. Elijah Clark, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 The result was an unstable platform and the elevation of misinformation, Schiffer said. Saira Mueller, CNN, 23 Feb. 2024 The combination of sophisticated microtargeting and the difficulty of shedding the influence of misinformation underscores the urgent need for a multifaceted approach to safeguarding elections. Stephan Lewandowsky, Scientific American, 21 Feb. 2024 This year’s Global Risk Report, by the World Economic Forum, said misinformation and disinformation were the top risks of the next two years — more so than war or climate change. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 20 Feb. 2024 Causality is difficult to prove retroactively, but there is little debate over the threat that misinformation poses to democracies. Meg Little Reilly, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 It has been made available with experts in misinformation, hateful content and bias, as well as visual artists, designers and filmmakers, for feedback on improvements. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misinformation was in 1605

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“Misinformation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misinformation. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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