Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–4/13/19

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. The ads I’m using today came from the 2015-q4/2015-10 folder.

On October 10, 2015, Louis Farrakhan held the 20th anniversary Million Man March. The March, an already polarizing event in America, is prime fodder for ads looking to divide us farther. Some ads, such as p(1)0003078, sought to recruit more marchers:

Another supportive ad, p(1)0002096, encouraged others to”like and share” the post and its reasons for marching, in order to support the movement:

Not every ad was in support of the March. In fact, p(1)00000064 took the opportunity to feed anti-Islam sentiment:

As far as I can tell, Farrakhan has not made any statement about Russia’s interest in his march.

This is an Open Thread. Please enjoy, and have a pleasant Saturday.

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