Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–1/9/2021

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 2017-q1/2017-01 folder.

This starts the 2017 ads. If the January ads are any sign the numbers are starting to slow down. There aren’t nearly as many ads in this folder as there were in the last months of 2016. That doesn’t mean the ones in there weren’t interesting. Remember Memeopolis? The people who brought you the Spongebob and Pokemon memes? They’re back but with a whole new focus–click bait! P(1)0006184 links to an article where Natalie Portman discusses the gender wage gap in Hollywood:

The article linked in p(1)0006186 links to an article promising the “truth” about Jimmy Fallon:

Want to know the worst movies of 2016? Follow the link in p(1)0006196 to find out:

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

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