Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–1/4/2020

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.

The Don’t Shoot group continued to dominate the May 2016 ads. P(1)0003554 posted a video (which was redacted) and insinuated it was an example of all US police interactions:

I was unable to follow the link included, so I can’t say what this was in reference to.

P(1)0003553 works under the assumption that only the US has police brutality issues. First the ad compares it to the entire EU, then farther in it brings up the UK (without any statistics):

Aside from the poor grammar, statistics negate this being a purely American problem. Then again, looking for truth in these ads isn’t the wisest action.

They also state, in p(1)0003565, that US police use drunk driving checkpoints to do secret surveillance on citizens (it is worth noting this ad got zero click throughs):

THIS IS AN OPEN THREAD. Take care, and have a great first weekend of 2020.

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