Monday, September 20, 2021

Misdirection in social media

 Disinformation - false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth. (Merriam-Webster)

Misinformation -  inaccurate, or misleading information that is communicated regardless of an intention to deceive. Examples of misinformation are false rumors, insults, and pranks. Disinformation is a subset of misinformation that is deliberately deceptive, e.g., malicious hoaxes, spearphishing, and computational propaganda.(Wikipedia)

Misdirection - the action of sending something to the wrong place or aiming something in the wrong direction. (Cambridge Dictionary)

 I recently listened to Dr. Bryan Ardis on a talk show and wanted to look at his webpage. I was told to go to I found on a domain site that this URL is taken, but I could still possibly buy it. So I looked at, thinking I might have spelled his named wrongly. led me to a site where I was given a number of search choices, one of which was Medical Doctors Nearby. I clicked on it to find that it led me to a site where i could be directed to Primary Care or Family Medicine. When I clicked on the link to Website, it took me to a wellness site for traditional medicine.

Someone is making money by using Dr. Ardis's name and MISDIRECTION.  The registration for the website was listed as private. 

The actual website for Dr. Ardis is


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