Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–4/27/19

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-q4/2015-10 folder:

  • Black interest: 32 ads
  • European anti-immigrant: 12
  • US Conservative: 10
  • Muslims of America: 4
  • Texit: 2
  • There were no LGBT-focused ads for October, 2015.

The next folder introduces new groups, including what was to become an infamous YouTube channel. For a sneak preview, here’s one from the “What was their target audience?” bin. File 2015-q4/2015-11/p(1)0004044 targets the fans of Obama who are against refugees but have an interest in the supernatural:

Please enjoy this open thread, and have a pleasant Saturday.

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