Evan Burton Posted April 8, 2007 Share Posted April 8, 2007 In the 9/11 thread, there was an occasion that a member said information that another member had posted was 'disinformation'. I had believed that the word should not be used with regard to another member, but some people disagree. Since there are no clear-cut rules on this, I thought it would be worthwhile to start a thread on it. My thoughts were mentioned in the 9/11 thread, and are that if you give something the label 'disinformation', you imply that the person who said it put out disinformation (i.e. a disinformation 'agent'). I see there being a difference between disinformation and being wrong; the former is knowingly saying false or misleading data (i.e. akin to lying). That's why I suggest simply saying someone is wrong or words to that effect. I think that calling another member's post 'disinformation', or calling another member a 'disinformation agent' (or similar) should not be allowed. I foresee that there might be times when a member might refer to an external website - that another member quotes from - as containing disinformation. That might be acceptable as long as the person makes clear that they are not calling the poster a 'disinformation agent', merely that they are posting information from what another considers to be a 'disinformation' website. This could lead to problems whereby some consider that website to be truthful and accurate and others consider it to be disinformation, and the website is often quoted from during debates. For that reason I think it would be better to label somethings as simply being inaccurate, misleading, wrong, etc, rather than calling it 'disinformation'. What are other peoples thoughts on this? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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