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Erroneous information that is unintentionally disseminated. See disinformation and infodemic.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



the dissemination of distorted information or of information known to be false. In bourgeois countries, misinformation is extensively used as a means of political propaganda with the purpose of misleading the public, especially in matters concerning relations between capitalist and socialist states and the progress of socialism and of national-liberation movements.

In the military, misinformation is the deliberate dissemination of false information about one’s own armed forces and plans for military action, with the intention of deceiving an enemy. Such devices as the false regrouping of troops and the construction of decoy air bases are among the means used for misinformation.

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