How ‘Russian’ Facebook Memes Expose the Brutal Realities of American Foreign Policy
This month, American corporate media outlets have been whipped into a frenzy by revelations that a Russian internet troll farm purchased ads and established accounts on Facebook. According to the New York Times a “shadowy Russian company” supposedly “linked to” the Kremlin has spread “misinformation” on social media in order “to reshape American politics.”
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The ads allegedly contained messages promoting a wide array of hot button political issues, from police brutality and Islamophobia to gun rights. Some also contained images of adorable puppies. Congressional investigators have alleged that the ad campaign evidenced the Kremlin’s intention to “sow chaos” and “promote racial division,” claims that have been faithfully reproduced in corporate outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post.
An article in the Daily Beast took the narrative a step further, asserting that the ads and memes spread on supposedly Russian troll accounts on Facebook were actually “fake news”-meaning that their content was objectively false, and was designed to deceive Americans into turning against their government’s otherwise benevolent foreign policy goals.