Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–2/1/2020

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.

As we’ve seen before, the Don’t Shoot group worked to build distrust, sometimes even hatred, toward the police in the US. June of 2016 was no exception. P(1)0003579 tells of a woman “unjustly” detained at a border checkpoint:

Jessica Cooke’s lawsuit against the agents was later dismissed for improper paperwork. The agents involved were investigated but not charged.

P(1)0003582 tells of Phillip White who died after being beaten by cops and mauled by a K-9:

The medical examiner later found that, while there were superficial lacerations, none were life threatening and there was no evidence that the K-9’s teeth broke the skin. The cause of death was PCP overdose.

P(1)0003583 tells about a YouTube user, Trey Citizen, who was arrested for filming:

Trey’s YouTube channel is still live, but it only contains the videos related to this situation.

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

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