Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–1/2/2021

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.

The ads I found the strangest were under “Black Guns Matter” from the Protect Black Gun Owners group. They weren’t informational, or even casually social. No, they were pictures of guns. The guns themselves were identified, but no word about why we were suddenly supposed to be interested in that particular firearm. However, people were interested as each ad had click throughs. P(1)0005885 is one:

P(1)0006338 is another:

P(1)0006340 got fancy and put two guns in one picture:

THIS IS AN OPEN THREAD. Take care, and Happy New Year.

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