Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–4/11/2020

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-q3/2016-07 folder.

There were some interesting ads pushing an anti-police sentiment during July 2016. P(1)0000024 was aimed at a “lookalike” audience, to expand their viewer base beyond who was already seeing the ads:

P(1)0003517 holds up one officer who beat an exotic dancer as an example of the entirety of the force (without mentioning he had already been fired):

Sometimes I regret when they don’t include the visual of the ad with the file, and sometimes I’m glad. With p(1)0000490 I’m not sure which way to feel:

THIS IS AN OPEN THREAD. Take care, and stay well.

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