Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–8/17/19

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-q1/2016-03 folder.

The Statue of Liberty has recently been surrounded by controversy. In March 2016, the Russian ads used the symbol of American freedom to play both sides of the political aisle.

Ad p(1)0004100 played to the patriot’s love of the statue and all it symbolizes:

P(1)0006208 played to an urban legend that the statue was meant to commemorate the African American soldiers of the Civil War:

That rumor had been debunked in 2000. Interestingly, a new museum opened on Liberty Island stating that the original intent of the statue was to celebrate the end of slavery, which had been discussed in 2014 by the Museum of the City of New York.

THIS IS AN OPEN THREAD. Take care, and have a pleasant Saturday.

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