Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–7/4/2020

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-q3/2016-09 folder.

There were three ads in September 2016 that alleged a police officer raped a teenage girl. The ads, p(1)0004490, p(1)0004492, and p(1)0004494 claim to have video of the incident:

There is a Snopes piece dated September 26, 2016 that addresses the allegation. It points out that, while the incident actually happened, it was a South African policeman and not an NYPD officer. Four days later the Russian groups published p(1)0004797 attempting to “debunk” the debunking:

THIS IS AN OPEN THREAD. Take care, and have a fabulous Fourth of July.

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