Three Contra-information-Related Synonyms


I’m a technical writer by trade; I tell people that I tell the truth for a living. So this article rang a bell. First, here’s a link to the article:

Here’s a summary:

  • Misinformation—Someone got the facts wrong.
  • Disinformation—The facts are wrong on purpose
  • Hoax—Disinformation from the perspective of the one who created the false story

The whole article is worth reading, but here’s a chart:

A chart showing various categories of misinformation and disinformation

I’m not sure the icons make sense, but the definitions are pretty good. Can you add to the list?

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