Misinformation vs disinformation, what’s the difference? This infographic briefly defines the difference between misinformation and disinformation. Both misinformation and disinformation refers to information that is not factually correct, however, misinformation may be spread due to poor understanding of the subject, or just by mistake. Disinformation is when incorrect information is spread on purpose.


Is factually incorrect information – regardless of intent. It may be a mistake, or a misinterpretation of data.


Is the deliberate spreading of false information. Someone who spreads disinformation is doing so knowingly.

If you’re not sure, don’t share.

Use our Misinformation Toolkit to help navigate through misinformation and disinformation online.