Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–9/22/19

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.

Among many things, the ads sought to exploit the love patriots have for their kids. Ad p(1)0000598 wanted people to tag pictures of their children and declare their support for Trump:

P(1)0000611 showed solidarity for families who are willing to teach their children about guns:

The ad fails to acknowledge that one of the first parts of gun safety most people teach their children is to not target practice in the house.

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

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