Russian Federation reportedly used Pokémon Go to meddle in USA election

Pokemon Snap in real life

Pokemon Snap in real life

CNN reported Thursday that Russian election meddling used Facebook, Instagram Twitter, YouTube and the popular game Pokémon Go in ways to create friction in the United States before last year's election.

CNN alleges that Russians tried to use Pokemon Go to get people involved with a "Don't Shoot Us" contest linked to Black Lives Matter, writing...

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How good are your Pokémon Go photography skills? 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. According to CNN, there were 470 Facebook accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency.

CNN claims that the group encouraged players to name their Pokemon after victims of police brutality and then place that Pokemon in a gym near where the incident occurred. We're asking, because Niantic is holding an in-app augmented reality photography contest for all players where Pokémon Go has been officially released.

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That said, it is still a controversial issue and I doubt this is the last we will hear of it. Love them or hate them, developers are embracing them as another way to generate revenue.

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.

"It is important to note that Pokémon GO, as a platform, was not and can not be used to share information between users in the app so our platform was in no way being used".

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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. This "contest" required people to take screen shots from their phone and share over other social networks, not within our game. The Don't Shoot Us Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages have been suspended.

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