Red Herring is a clue or piece of information which is intended to be misleading or distracting. It is one of the signs taken into consideration by criminologists.
A red herring is something that misleads or distracts from a relevant or important question. A red herring may be used intentionally, as in mystery fiction or as part of rhetorical strategies, or may be used in argumentation inadvertently.
Red Herring is an argument or subject that is introduced to divert attention from the real issue or problem.
Red herrings are mostly used in detective stories and novels. Dan Brown, J. K. Rowling, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle are just a few names using red herrings.