Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–4/5/2020

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 strange ads that came from the Don’t Shoot group in July 2016. P(1)0003597 advertised a one-question survey. Unfortunately the link does not work, because I’d be curious to see the results:

P(1)0003514 was the first of two that had no hits, and had an end date before the start date. I’m not sure if that was due to an error on the Russian side, or that the ads were prematurely ended by Facebook because of incendiary content. This one advocates the killing of policemen:

P(1)0003520 is the other. While it doesn’t go to the extremes of the other, it still equates American police with Nazis:

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

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