Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–7/21/19

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 2016-q1/2016-02 folder.

Here are the totals for February 2016:

  • Blacktivist–18
  • Williams and Kalvin–7
  • Secure Borders–6
  • American Muslims–4
  • LGBT United–3
  • Mercian Pride–3
  • Texit–2
  • Nuts News–1
  • Pro-Police–1
  • Patriot–1
  • And one that led to a CNN story about Syrian refugees not being allowed into Turkey. It led to no specific Facebook or Instagram group.

What struck me the most was the lack of naming specific politicians (outside the ad calling for the prevention of Justice Scalia’s replacement). This was the month where the primaries started, and I had expected to read more about them. Perhaps next month.

THIS IS AN OPEN THREAD. Hope you are having a fantastic Sunday.

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