This is Not Propaganda: How Putin, Trump and Bolsonaro use social media

Book review: Peter Pomerantsev shows how social media is used to attain and hold power

A dozen well-disguised fake accounts can potentially reach up to a million unsuspecting end users. Photograph: iStock

A dozen well-disguised fake accounts can potentially reach up to a million unsuspecting end users. Photograph: iStock

At the beginning of This is Not Propaganda, Peter Pomerantsev delivers a crushing indictment of the debased leadership that passes for normality in today’s world.

Vladimir Putin, Pomerantsev reminds us, promised to whack terrorists “while they are on the shitter”, Czech president Milos Zeman called for “pissing on the charred remains of Roma”, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro told a female politician she was “too ugly” to be raped and, of course, Donald Trump boasted of grabbing women “by the pussy”.

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