Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–5/12/19

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. All of today’s ads can be found in the 2015-q4/2015-11 folder.

As much as they sought to divide us spiritually, the Russians also can’t seem to get over physically dividing the states. Ad p(1)0000584 sought to invigorate Southern pride by targeting those interested in “Texit”. As you can see by the numbers, this was not a successful attempt:

They also seem as if they’re not well-versed in US culture, as they throw down “Confederate heritage” where most would say “Southern pride”, as seen in ad p(1)0004050:

Not to be satisfied with Texit, or even Calexit, the Russians also wanted to see the entire “Confederacy” secede (ad p(1)0006518):

On a side note, I’m not sure where the “Yoyoyoyo”s fit into things.

THIS IS AN OPEN THREAD, and I’d like to give a special “Happy Mothers’ Day” to all the mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, and mother figures out there. Have a wonderful day!

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