Russian-linked campaign used Pokemon Go to meddle in election


CNN reported Thursday that an online campaign called "Don't Shoot Us" - which was as part of the Black Lives Matter movement - used Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and even Pokémon Go in an effort to exploit racial tensions and sow discord among Americans.

So where does Pokémon Go come into play? A series of social media accounts and websites under the title of "Don't Shoot Us" shared footage of American police brutality across the internet, ostensibly to provoke African-American protests against police brutality, while also fanning the flames of anger and resentment towards black activists among whites.

The CNN story came after the New York Times reported earlier this month that Kremlin-linked cyber workers promoted content on Facebook that appeared to be of American origin, but was created to sow division on political issues, including the Black Lives Matter movement.

A group linked to Russian Federation allegedly used Pokemon Go to stir up trouble a year ago in the United States.

According to the CNN Money report, the "Don't Shoot Us" campaign announced a contest on its Tumblr page in July 2016 for Pokemon Go players, encouraging them visit places where alleged police brutality took place - and to give their Pokemon the names of those victims.

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Questions should be raised if CNN may have created the page themselves and then "discovered" it simply to report on it.

Russian Federation used Pokémon Go and social media platforms to try and influence the 2016 presidential election.

The campaign offered players Amazon gift cards as rewards. This "contest" required people to take screen shots from their phone and share over other social networks, not within our game.

CNN said it had no evidence of anyone actually claiming the prize.

The Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts related to Don't Shoot Us have all been suspended according to CNN.