The Trump ministry of propaganda is burning the midnight oil these days, as we are now 33 days out from election day and they are desperate.  The Daily Beast is reporting

Facebook has removed a Trump campaign ad that made the baseless assertion that offering sanctuary to refugees would expose more Americans to COVID-19. The fear-mongering ad showed Joe Biden, shrouded in a blood-red filter, talking about the border and asylum-seekers. It went on to claim, again without producing any evidence, that his policies would increase the number of refugees from Syria, Somalia, and Yemen by “700 percent” while flashing the words: “TERROR HOTSPOTS.” The ads were seen by hundreds of thousands of people before Facebook took action.

Monger fear and ratchet up anxiety to match Trump’s red faced, Hitler-esque screaming. Find the racist vein and mainline it with vitriol. That is the complexion of Republican politics these days. And it gets worse — as you know it must. The Guardian:

Although Facebook removed the ads regarding refugees and Covid-19, other misleading advertisements remain on the platform. One ad shows Joe Biden with a headphone photoshopped to his ear, perpetuating the false claim that the presidential candidate somehow cheated in the debates.

The advertisement appears to have been launched on the day of the debate but remains active on the platform, with more than 800 versions still active. The ads have been viewed by more than 3.6 million people, the majority of whom are in the key election states of Florida and Pennsylvania, according to Facebook data.

The Trump campaign’s ads have led to the “earpiece” conspiracy theory spreading organically on other social media platforms, including TikTok, according to the watchdog group Media Matters. The group has found four examples of TikTok videos espousing the theory that have been viewed more than 560,000 times. A spokesperson for TikTok said the videos violate its policies on disinformation and it is working to remove them as they are posted.

“You would not have seen the proliferation of conspiracy theories on TikTok today if there was not already an intense saturation of this idea from the Trump campaign yesterday,” said Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters. “They sort of seeded the ground with this idea until the users themselves were driving it.”

The Trump campaign are like rats in a grain silo, consuming whatever they can and despoiling the rest. Unfortunately, the grain silo is social media and television and the rest of us live there, too.

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20 Comments on "Facebook Removes Trump’s Racist Orwellian Ad About Refugees Spreading COVID-19"

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Shockwave
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A derivative of The Protocols of the Monster in the White House.

Daithi
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I would have thought that it would be almost impossible to ‘cheat’ in a debate when your opponent won’t let you say anything without interruption

Bareshark
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Christ and Eset…basically propaganda porn for his base and little else. Is anybody’s mind seriously NOT made up at this point.

blueman
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51/43 are the numbers right now. 6% are either for third parties or undecided. Other polls show 1 and 2 % for a couple of guys running 3rd party. So there are only about 3 to 4 % undecided. Unless you have been in a coma for years, I don’t know how you can be undecided. The undecided was much larger in 2016.

p j evans
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Some of the numbers hare better than that for Joe. But most of them are pre-debate, so we won’t know much until next week. So far, though, they’re good.

blueman
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That is the 538 average and it went from 7 to 8 in the last day. It is looking very good for those on the side of the angels.

Bareshark
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And FYI, folks, Biden’s been up seven to eight points since spring.

Denis Elliott
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So much for their “vaunted” algorithms. I just had a depressing conversation with my sister (it started out ok but at the end my heart sank) back in southern Illinois and it included discussion of social media, bad information and unintended consequences as in the development of social media and how pervasive it’s become. I’ve said before FB is in the tank for Trump and has been since before he wound up in the WH. They don’t want Biden to win, and definitely don’t want Biden in the WH with Democrats in control of both chambers of Congress.
p j evans
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They had people embedded in Parscale’s outfit in 2016. “In the tank” isn’t even close – they were feeding data directly to his campaign.

Bareshark
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Too goddamn bad…looks like FB is going to lose this one.

Denis Elliott
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Over in Europe and in some other places I think with legitimately elected governments there have been some moves to regulate FB. What Zuckerberg is terrified of is the U.S. being a force in organizing freely elected governments with free or damn near free speech to enact regulations. He’ll still make a ton of money, but like so many people no amount of wealth is ever enough. Not to mention power. Unchecked he wields an enormous amount. NO person not duly elected to hold high public off ice should hold the amount of power Zuckerberg has attained. It’s long past… Read more »
Senovio Rodriguez
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They don’t want to be regulated. Karma and hopefully some find legislation. Time to… oops SCOTUS…

anastasjoy
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She needs to leave her downstate bubble because Chicago is going to crush his orange ass. And anyone who says otherwise can kiss MY Chicago ass. I’ve had a chip on my shoulder about downstate ever since they started complaining that COVID-19 was a (racism alert!) “Chicago problem” that didn’t affect them. Well, that’s changed.

Denis Elliott
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I’m from a town just six miles from Carbondale and my higher education was at SIU-C. Being in my sixties I remember when that part of Illinois had liberal, Democratic Representatives in the House. Kenny Gray and then Paul Simon before he became a Senator. Yes, the District has changed shape since I left at age 26 for the Marines, but it’s also changed politically. My hometown is now MAGAville in nature. In fact, the only other member of my family still living is I’m sure going to vote for Trump based on the conversation I had with her today.… Read more »
Bareshark
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Nice representation of the tribe, Anastasia. Love and respect from the more hopeless hellhole of TN.

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