Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–11/14/2020

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-q4/2016-12 folder.

They messed up on a few ads pertaining to the 2016 elections. For three ads, they accidentally switched the start and end dates, thus having ads that started after the election had been called. P(1)0001387 was supposed to remind folks about Bill Clinton’s alleged illegitimate son:

P(1)0001399 urged African Americans to boycott the election…after the election:

P(1)0001674 wanted to remind potential voters that Hillary Clinton is “a dirty old bitch”:

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

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