Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–9/12/2020

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-q4/2016-11 folder.

November proved to be an interesting month for the ads. There were a handful posted before election day, more reacting to the election, and many that had no relation to the election (including a few that had been reposted from the past few months). Most interesting is that two ads (with a total of six postings) were not related to African American issues (three if you count the “Watch the Police” group since, while the posts were related to concerns in the other groups, it doesn’t specify Black in the group name). The first was the first ad in the month’s folder, p(1)0000084 (and posted three additional times) advertising a pro-Trump rally:

P(1)0000188 (and one additional one) is bizarre in that it promotes votes for Trump because he’ll allow for a peaceful secession for Texas:

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

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