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Evaluating Information

A guide outlining false information, how it spreads across various platforms, and tips on recognition and assessment.

What is False Information?

Assessing the quality and verity behind information has become a very hot topic in recent years. With incorrect information circulating faster than ever, developing skills in identifying and evaluating false information is incredibly important.

There are several names and types of false information. Click the tabs below to see their definitions.

Misinformation

"False information that is spread, regardless of whether there is intent to mislead."

Dictionary.com

Disinformation

"The dissemination of deliberately false information, esp. when supplied by a government or its agent to a foreign power or to the media, with the intention of influencing the policies or opinions of those who receive it; false information so supplied."

Oxford English Dictionary

Malinformation

"Malinformation is based on fact, but used out of context to mislead, harm, or manipulate."

Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency

Fake News

"originally U.S. news that conveys or incorporates false, fabricated, or deliberately misleading information, or that is characterized as or accused of doing so."

Oxford English Dictionary

TEDx Talk on Misinformation

In a world where misinformation is rampant, Blake Simpson outlines the importance of evaluating information, even when it seems harmless, and the critical need to avoid the tendency to go on informational "autopilot".