Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–6/2/19

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-q4/2015-12 folder.

Russian trolls were still pushing racial division in December of 2015. There were two identical Williams and Kalvin posts. It does not appear that the video still exists online. P(1)0001489:

Not only did ad p(1)0001781 suggest that the KKK should be made illegal, but it also sowed the belief that the US is more proud of its racism than Germany:

I can’t say for certain that ad p(1)0001763 was inspired by the Christmas holiday, but it did throw down Jesus imagery:

THIS IS AN OPEN THREAD. Have a great, peaceful Sunday.

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