Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–9/21/19

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-q2/2016-04 folder.

Texas is still the main state courted by Russian ads. There were only two ads. The first, P(1)0000005 wanted people to put frames on their profile pictures showing how against illegal immigration they were:

Ad P(1)0001765 had the same text and same target audience, but with fewer ad click throughs:

It appears, at least for April 2016, the idea of Texas secession has been pushed aside in favor of anti-immigration sentiments. With thousands of Rubles spent for a total of fifteen clicks, I wonder if they will try different tactics in the coming months.

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

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