Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–3/16/19

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

This is part of an ongoing series where I 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.

Here are the totals for the 2015-q3/2015-08 folder for ads posted in August of 2015. The totals, while definitely favoring the Black Matters group, became more evenly spread than the previous two. Whether or not this is the start of a trend or a one-time anomaly, I’ll know more facts on as I go through more folders.

Out of the 73 ads in the folder:

  • 32 went to Black Matters
  • 25 went to LGBT United
  • 15 went to PatriotUS
  • 1 went to Proud Blacks

This folder was notable for intensifying the divisive language, a trend that seems to be continuing in the 09 folder I’m going through right now.

Please enjoy this open thread and don’t forget–every time you irrationally hate, a Russian angel gets its wings.

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