Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–1/25/2020

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-q2/2016-06 folder.

Welcome to June 2016. During June, they continued publicizing protests, self-organized or not. P(1)0001818 advertised a demonstration marking the year anniversary of the Charleston Emanuel Methodist Church:

The event was locally publicised as being organized by Black Matters:

What: Black Matters will hold a peaceful rally near the church, with flowers and lit candles. Black Matters is a civil rights organization that fights for equality and attempts to eliminate race-based discrimination.
When: Noon
Where: Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St., downtown Charleston
Price: Free
More Info: Click here.

Charleston Post and Courier

P(1)0001892 advertised for a protest to free inmate Kevin Cooper, scheduled to coincide with Oakland’s Juneteenth celebration:

While this did refer to an actual action, it does not appear to have been organized by a Russian group.

P(1)0000463 brings attention to a Muslim March for Hilary from the United Muslims for America. This is particularly interesting because the same group had previously pushed for Sanders over Clinton, (even going so far as to say “you can not be our representer“).

My question was somewhat answered when I found out the group had ordered posters for its marchers with a picture of Clinton and the quote “I think Sharia Law will be a powerful new direction of freedom.” That quote has since been debunked, but it created a visual, not to sway Muslims toward Clinton, but to sway anti-Muslim people away.

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

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