Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–2/9/19

Russian President Vladimir Putin superimposed into a Russian Flag. Image by Lenny Ghoul.

This is part of an ongoing series where we review some of the ads purchased by the Russians. In doing so I hope we can get a better understanding of what they were trying to do, and how to recognize it the next time we’re faced with propaganda.

If you want to follow along, the ads can all be downloaded here.

Please note the images will have extra space as they are how the documents appear. You will find the file number at the bottom of each page.

Early on, their ads weren’t nearly as slick as they would become. In fact, the first three files available for download had a glorious level of fail. This one was exceptional in its poorly worded absurdity:

Then you had this one, which was a hair on the unfocused side:

And then there is this one. I’m not sure what I find stranger–that it made it through to be published, or that it scored 33 ad impressions:

I will share more interesting ads I come across in other posts. For now, enjoy this Open Thread and remember, we can beat the Russians by not hating one another.

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