Russian Election Meddling Extended to Pokemon Go

Russian Election Meddling Extended to Pokemon Go

Russian Election Meddling Extended to Pokemon Go

Russian cyber experts created a Pokemon Go game as part of their attempts to meddle with the United States election, according to an investigation by CNN.

The link between DoNotShoot.Us and Pokemon Go are absurdly tenuous given that the alleged contest was posted up on the DoNotShoot.Us Tumblr page. First reported by CNN, their Facebook page was one of the almost 500 accounts that were terminated after their Russian links were exposed. The goal of the accounts appeared to be highlighting police brutality to inspire further protests by black Americans and increase the fear of those protesters by white Americans. "Eric Garner" - who died after being put in a chokehold by an NYPD officer - was the example given in a post promoting the contest. Those rules claim that if a player captured a Pokémon Go gym near such a crime scene with a character named after the victim and submitted a photo as proof, they'd win Amazon gift cards.

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Regardless of what CNN is reporting or what they may be implicating regarding Russians, Niantic Labs - the creators of Pokemon Go - issued the media outlet a statement, making it known that they had no affiliation or knowledge about this particular contest, saying...

Virtually everything the Don't Shoot Us social media accounts (which were active on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and elsewhere) published or shared was meant to stir up trouble or cause division by taking advantage of activists who had grievances with the justice system in the United States.

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The most surprising revelation is that this group also used the popular augmented reality app Pokémon Go to plant divisive messages.

On the plus side, CNN couldn't find any evidence that anyone actually entered the contest, so maybe Pokemon Go players are a little smarter than the public thinks.when they're not running into traffic or crashing their cars to catch Pokemon, that is.

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If you want to know more about the Don't Shoot Us troll campaign, be sure to read the entire piece over on CNN.

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