Dictionary.com names ‘misinformation’ word of the year

The resource said it chose the term because of increased usage and as a call to action.

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Dictionary.com is doing its part to stop the spread of fake news with its top word of 2018.

On Monday, Dictionary.com tweeted:

The truth is, the #WordOfTheYear2018 is misinformation. Because words matter.https://t.co/g928wHdtdU

— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) November 26, 2018

In a blog post, Dictionary.com wrote:

The meaning of misinformation is often conflated with that of disinformation.

However, the two are not interchangeable. Disinformationmeans “deliberately misleading or biased information; manipulated narrative or facts; propaganda.”

So, the difference between misinformation and disinformation comes down to intent.

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