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By definition, misinformation is inaccurate information relayed by a sincere source. Disinformation is inaccurate information published with the intent of deceiving an intended audience (see future post PSYOP 201 due out next week).
One example of misinformation is a Patriot relaying information about CH-47s flying over Philadelphia as a part of a nefarious plot. (As an aside, I was somehow added to a Facebook conversation of over a hundred people about some CH-47s flying over Philadelphia. The individual who started the conversation wanted to alert everyone that “something was up”. He was sincere if not idiotic.) A major element of the message was rooted in fact. I do believe that he saw some helicopters flying over Philly. Unfortunately, his reactionary zeal caused a minor uproar that initiated an uproar from other gullible recipients. The sad thing is that it happens all the time.
Disinformation, on the other hand, could be a form black propaganda. Perhaps the individual in question worked for an adversarial organization, but probably not.
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