Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–8/25/19

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.

Williams and Kalvin were still going strong, doing their best to convince Americans that they were totally regular American guys. P(1)0001495 played loose and fast with the language:

P(1)0001393 attacked prison reform, saying the money should have been spent elsewhere. At least, though, the prisoners get “free live behind bars.”

P(1)0006224 should have made people suspicious. How many American-born people refer to their mother as “Mum” or “Mummy”?

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

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