Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–6/14/2020

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.

Here are the totals for August 2016:

  • Black Matters–31
  • Williams and Kalvin–8
  • Heart of Texas–6
  • Trumpsters United–6
  • American Veterans–5
  • Blacktivist–5
  • Secured Borders–4
  • Born Liberal–4
  • Stop All Invaders–4
  • United Muslims of America–4
  • Black Pride–3
  • Muslim Voice–2
  • Being Patriotic–2
  • Don’t Shoot–2
  • Cop Block–1
  • Stay 4 Police–1
  • LGBT United–1
  • Bernie For President–1
  • American Made–1

Outside of the Black Matters group, it appears that, instead of fewer groups pushing a large number of ads, there were a lot of smaller groups pushing few ads each, including ones that had previously “sponsored” a lot more. We shall see what September brings. It being two months before the election, I expect things will get very interesting.

THIS IS A OPEN THREAD. Take care, and be well.

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