Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–10/18/2020

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.

There were some odd one-off ads in November 2016. P(1)0004734 used the advertising of the NY vs KKK rally in New York to push the idea of abolishing the electoral college:

P(1)0004951 offers to fix bad credit (although the website has since been blocked):

On a side note, I saw these two memes pop up in my feed within an hour of each other. I don’t know if they originated from outside the US, but they’re too similar and appeared too soon together. It makes me suspect they were created by the same group, likely to keep us divided:

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

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