Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–5/2/2020

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-q3/2016-08 folder.

August 2016 brought a petition to disqualify Clinton from holding office. P(1)0006174 not only had a long detailed post, but the group it came from also had an overly elaborate group name:

P(1)0003902 was more succinct:

P(1)0006178 was interesting for being the exact same ad, but with one very important change–the posting group:

THIS IS AN OPE THREAD. Take care, and be well.

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