#277 – Identifying Disinformation Strategies

Tech Talk For Teachers April 9, 2024 10 min

Identifying Disinformation Strategies

In today’s episode, we’ll review seven general persuasion strategies used in disinformation campaigns as well as five strategies that are more specific to disinformation being shared on social media platforms.

Paul Beckermann
PreK–12 Digital Learning Specialist
Podcast Host

General Strategies

Strategies that are commonly used to deceive and dissuade include:

  • Discrediting Authoritative Voices
  • Impersonation
  • Creating Fake Personas
  • Appealing to Emotion
  • Polarization
  • Conspiracy Theories
  • False Connections

Social Media Strategies

A few disinformation strategies employed specifically on social media platforms include:

  • Microtargeting
  • Astroturfing
  • Flooding
  • Unsuspecting Actors
  • Bots and Trolls

For more information about this topic, explore the following AVID Open Access article collection: Become Information and Media Literate.