Misinformation may appear rather simple to define. As Wikipedia says, “Misinformation is false or inaccurate information.” But we use the term information in a variety of ways, and perhaps there’s more than meets the eye here.

Information scientist Michael Buckland has written that the various ways we use the word information boil down into three main senses:

  1. as knowledge, or mental content
  2. as a thing, or a physical object
  3. as a process