Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–8/18/19

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 2016-q1/2016-03 folder.

A few of the social media groups encouraged interaction from their followers. The LGBT United group held a photo contest with cash prizes with ad p(1)0000150:

There was no information available saying whether or not anyone actually received cash.

P(1)0000461 encouraged American Muslims to host an “Ask a Muslim” event:

P(1)0000491 encouraged Cop Block US followers to film their interactions with the police:

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