Saturday, September 9, 2017

Insane Political Advertising that Russia's "Active Measures Campaign" Bought and Paid for on Facebook

Mod: Wouldn't you like to know what kind of Facebook political advertising the Russians were buying until recently on Facebook? Probably some of the sickest stuff ever seen during an American political campaign. Then again, look at what they were supporting. Here is how The Daily Beast explains it.

30 Batsh*t Crazy, Mostly Racist Facebook Memes the Russians Used to Corrupt Your Mind (The Daily Beast link): Earlier this week, Facebook’s chief security officer, Alex Stamos, revealed that Russia had “likely” used 470 deceptive accounts to buy about $100,000 worth of political advertising before and after the 2016 presidential election. It was Facebook’s first public acknowledgment of the role it unwittingly played in the Kremlin’s “active measures” campaign to help elect Donald Trump. Based on the numbers, a Facebook marketing expert consulted by The Daily Beast says the Facebook run might have reached 70 million people.

The admission was a sharp turnaround for Facebook. As recently as July, the company was denying that it had evidence of Russian ad-buys, even though four months earlier the Russian news outlet RBC specifically identified one of the Facebook communities secretly run from Russia and promoted with paid Facebook ads.

That community, called SecuredBorders, positioned itself as the work of conservative Americans concerned about U.S. border security. In truth, according to RBC, it was operated by a notorious St. Petersburg troll factory called Internet Research Agency, which is financed by “a close Putin ally with ties to Russian intelligence,” according to a public report by U.S. intelligence agencies (PDF).

Facebook finally closed down the page last month in its belated purge of Russian propaganda. By then SecuredBorders had 133,000 followers. So far, Facebook is refusing to release any of the posts and ads from Russia’s campaign, opting instead for this terse description: “The ads and accounts appeared to focus on amplifying divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum—touching on topics from LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights.”

That sanitary language doesn’t do justice to the actual content. The Daily Beast scoured search engine caches and found remains from the now-shuttered SecuredBorders page, just one of Russia’s propaganda communities, including dozens of their posts and graphics. Here’s a collection of the Russian Facebook memes we recovered.


Mod: Come to think of it, this ugly Russian propaganda, which you might have found on your Facebook page until only recently, is not really all that different from what some unfortunate individuals have been posting in the comments section of this blog. It really does make you wonder who those people are, and where they are coming from. 

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35 comments:

  1. I've seen a few of those on Facebook before. I just assumed they were put there by Trump.

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  2. I've seen a few of those on Facebook before. I just assumed they were put there by the Progressive Media.

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    1. They are now. They certainly don't put you in a very good light.

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    2. 7:36 - well done!

      Haha

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  3. I wonder if Trump knew he was tweeting Russian propaganda.

    Trump retweets meme of his Obama 'eclipse'
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/24/politics/trump-eclipse-meme-obama/index.html

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  4. Subpoenas likely if Facebook resists Russia inquiries

    The discovery that a Russian company bought election-related Facebook ads in last year’s presidential race opens new avenues for Justice Department and congressional investigators and likely will lead to subpoenas for confidential records of social media advertisers, former prosecutors say.

    Facebook’s disclosure, which a key Senate Democrat called “the tip of the iceberg,” appears to show that Russians searching for ways to harm Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presidential prospects broke criminal laws barring foreigners from attempting to influence U.S. elections.

    The findings could ease investigators’ efforts to win Facebook’s voluntary release of records showing whether Russian intelligence agencies went even further to boost Donald Trump’s chances – by buying far more ads with much stealthier methods than the easily traceable $150,000 in purchases that the company divulged on Wednesday.

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article171941467.html#storylink=mainstage7

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  5. Facebook says it sold ads to Russian 'troll farm' during 2016 campaign
    http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/06/media/facebook-russia-ads-2016-election/index.html

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  6. I've seen a few of those on Facebook before. I assumed Hillary was dipping into her Clinton Foundation stash, attempting to make herself look better.

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    1. Of course you did. On Planet Knucklehead everything is Hillary's fault.

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  7. The thrust of these ads remind me of the racist anti-Jap(anese) posters and movie preview trailers during WW2. Fear mongering aimed at low information voters, people whose schooling failed them when it comes to critical thinking. Though, to be fair, the schools may have been teaching subjects that included critical thinking lessons but superimposed over communities with huge resistance to learning (I don't need no book learnin' no how) left us with the results of the 2016 election (electorial college vs popular vote aside).

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    1. Just good old fashioned backwoods racism. The Russian hate campaign meshed nicely with what Trump was putting out. I have little doubt that this was all carefully coordinated.

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    2. You keep thinking that under your tinfoil hat!

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  8. Support for Impeachment Grows; Half of Americans Believe Russia Interfered with Election
    https://www.prri.org/research/poll-trump-russia-investigation-impeachment-republican-party/

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  9. Except for the dreadful fact of VP Pence and his BA (Born Again) views!

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  10. The woman being blown up by a landmine is an unfortunate touch. Interesting that the Russians correctly chose racist themes to help Donald Trump. Obviously they worked. I guess they understand the US very well.

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  11. This blog is so blinded by it's stupid liberalism, you can't even see that's why Sierra Madre and California are down the toilet. Why are you 'progressive' but complain about corrupt progressive policies that are controlling California...?? That is exactly why a simple library will be turned into a "cultural center". What is wrong with believing you need to be a citizen to VOTE...that puts me on the same level as Russian propaganda??

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    1. You did that all by yourself. Just because Russian propaganda states that there were 5.7 million illegal votes in 2008 is no reason for anyone to take it at face value. Even some of the most gullible people around should recognize that as being the lie it is.

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    2. You're behind the times, 10:24. Trump is voting with the Congressional Democrats now. He had to in order to get something done.

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    3. Are you the guy who sleeps with the gun under his pilllow?

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    4. One doesn't have to be 'liberal' to be anti-Russian. They need only be a true American. Yet you evade/defend the Russians still after mounting evidence. Maybe you're the one who should be deported

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    5. But, but ... FoxNews says undocumented people are voting, so it must be so.

      FoxNews and the Lier-In-Chief fail to mention, of course, that no rational or mildly irrational person would risk a felony conviction, deportation, and the utter economic and emotional destruction of his or her family to illegally cast a single vote in an election in which tens of millions are voting.

      Try some critical thinking 10:24.

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    6. Remember when so-called conservatives used to brag about how patriotic they were? Things have sure changed.

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    7. The far right in America has become a 5th Column. They need to be watched carefully.

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    8. If Trump is teaming up with the Democrats, doesn't that make them bad?

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  12. Yes you are correct,Sierre Madre is a horrible place in a back woods state,I'm moving to Mississippi,maybe Tennessee where life is good/Satire.....

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    1. Where the trees, and teeth, are evergreen.

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    2. >horrible place in a back woods state,I'm moving
      >to Mississippi,maybe Tennessee where life is good/Satire

      Is your satire regarding the lack of color in SierraMadre?

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  13. 11:38am. Your joking right?
    Not too many crital thinkers in the Illegal immigrants group. Many were wise enough to recognize how to play America though!

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    1. This comment is crital.

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    2. What are you even trying to say

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    3. He's thinking critally.

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  14. Maybe 1:20 thinks in anagrams and meant rictal, the expression he makes when someone explains the obvious.

    Thinking that more than a few fools would be willing to risk deportation to cast a vote that will have no immediate (if any) gain for them is absurd. Thinking 3 million plus did so is a clear sign of paranoia tinged with bigotry.

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    1. Worse than paranoid bigotry- fraud.

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    2. Maybe you should just call him a racist for not thinking your way.

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