Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–8/30/2020

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-q4/2016-10 folder.

The Defend the Second group targeted its ads to the right side of the political spectrum. P(1)0005557 pushed the stereotype that all government is a waste of money, and targetted Ron Paul fans, Rand Paul fans, and in a rare move, Gary Johnson fans:

P(1)0005606 aimed toward a similar audience but added “Anarcho-Capitalism” and “Minarchism”:

P(1)0005593 had a bit more success with targeting its ad toward “gun lovers”:

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

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