Protecting Yourself from Malicious Information
Here is an excellent blog post on protecting yourself from Propaganda and Disinformation
Many people are feeling very stressed out from watching cable news, reading social media or just seeing friends and families being divided by malicious information. It’s important to understand that much of the information we are being exposed to is designed to influence and even manipulate our emotions and psyche. Generally, there are three types of common malicious information:
Propaganda: Highly biased or misleading information intending to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view. This is often done using emotionally triggering words and images. Much of the information we see in the media falls into this category.
Misinformation: Generally, refers to the sharing of false or extremely misleading information without malicious intent. This is very common on social media where people think they are sharing real news.
Disinformation (sometimes called “fake news”): The sharing of deliberately created false or false information with the intention of manipulating the opinions of those who see it. The goal is to hurt the psychological or spiritual state of society and the people who live in it.