Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–5/18/19

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.

So far the ads have aimed at turning the progressives against conservatives and conservatives against the left. Starting here, they also sought to turn veterans against the US military. Ad p(1)0000009 was one of two ads focusing on PTSD suffered by our troops:

P(1)0001755 is another:

P(1)0001761 focused on veteran’s injuries and disability rates:

And p(1)0001751 wants veterans to ask themselves if it was all worth it:

It seems more and more no group escaped Russian attempts at division.

THIS IS AN OPEN THREAD. Have a good Saturday, and be good to each other.

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