Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–12/28/19

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-q2/2016-05 folder.

Police brutality continued to be a favorite topic for Russian ads during May 2016. P(1)0003478 reposted a video of the violent arrest of Terre Johnson:

P(1)0003515 puts the supporters of police on the spot and asks them to excuse the beating of a strip club employee by police:

P(1)0003518 uses the arrest of Rebecca Musarra to remind Americans what their rights are during a confrontation with police (as well as invoking Nazis in reference to the cops):

All three refer or even show video of the incident. All three incidents were shown to have used excessive force. But are they isolated incidents, or as the ads would have us believe, the norm rather than abnormality?

THIS IS AN OPEN THREAD. Take care, and have a great final Saturday of the decade.

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