What is misinformation and what can we do about it?

What is misinformation and what can we do about it?

Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. In this lesson, we will explore the differences between misinformation, disinformation and malinformation and the impact they can have on a democracy. We will also consider what we can do about this spread of misinformation, disinformation and malinformation.


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5 Questions

True or false, a story about a celebrity's tattoo is in the public interest?
Correct answer: False
True or false, misinformation is information that is deliberately created to harm a person, social group or organisation?
Correct answer: False
True or false, malinformation is truthful information which is shared to deliberately harm a person or group?
Correct answer: True
Which of the following is a reason why people believe misinformation is a threat to demcracy?
It builds trust in the media and politicians
Correct answer: It can lower people’s trust in the media and politicians
It helps to hold those in power to account
It provides accurate information to citizens
True or false, a conspiracy theorist believes that events are the result of secret plans of those in power?
Correct answer: True

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UnitCitizenship / How well does the media hold those in power to account?