Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Russia Tried to Use Pokémon Go to Sew Discord in America

Russia Tried to Use Pokémon Go to Sew Discord in America

We did not carry a Pokemon Go report in a long time. The group reportedly posed as a member of the Black Lives Matter movement and used common services like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Tumblr to spread their targeted content. Now CNN discovered that Pokemon Go was used in Russian meddling with the US Presidential election.

A report from CNN revealed that Russian Federation is working with a team called, Internet Research Agency.

The Internet Research Agency created a website (donotshoot.us) along with several related accounts across all social media platforms in order to build a "broad online ecosystem".

CNN's report includes a screenshot from a Tumblr page with the contest rules, which shows an image of a Pokémon that's been named Eric Garner, the African-American man whose 2014 death after being placed in a chokehold by a New York City Police Department officer was caught on film.

Within this latticework of deception was a "contest" that asked players to train their Pikachus near sites where police brutality occurred, and then name their creatures after the real-life victims.

"CNN has not found any evidence that any Pokémon Go users attempted to enter the contest, or whether any of the Amazon Gift Cards that were promised were ever awarded - or, indeed, whether the people who designed the contest ever had any intention of awarding the prizes".

Game maker Niantic Labs told CNN that users can't actually share information in the game with each other. First reported by CNN, their Facebook page was one of the almost 500 accounts that were terminated after their Russian links were exposed.

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

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