Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–1/19/2020

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.

Many different groups had posts in May 2016. Here is a list of the totals:

  • Stop All Invaders, Face Music–106
  • Black Matters–46
  • Don’t Shoot–45
  • Stop All Invaders, general–35
  • Memeopolis–29
  • Being Patriotic–16
  • Blacktivist–12
  • LGBT United–9
  • Black Journey To Justice–7
  • Williams & Kalvin–7
  • Texas Patriots–6
  • United Muslims of America–5
  • Secure Borders–3
  • Army of Jesus–2
  • Black America–2
  • Veterans–1
  • Born Black–1
  • Funny Inst–1
  • Proud Blacks–1
  • Cop Block–1
  • Merican Fury–1

The ads for Face Music absolutely dominated the month, but the black interest and anti-immigrant posts were prevalent as well. We shall see what June brings for 2016’s ads.

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

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