CNN released an investigation into Russian-linked accounts used to influence American politics. The accounts had branches in Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, and Pokemon Go.

The investigation conducted by CNN found that a Russian-linked campaign posing as part of the Black Lives Matter movement used multiple outlets including Pokemon Go and even contacted reporters in “an effort to exploit racial tensions and sow discord among Americans.” by “galvanizing African Americans to protest and encouraging other Americans to view black activism as a rising threat.” The campaign, known as “Don’t Shoot Us,” appears to be part of the Internet Research Agency, which CNN describes as a “shadowy, Kremlin-linked troll farm.” Many believe that this campaign may have influenced the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election.

“Don’t Shoot Us” promoted a contest to find Pokémon near locations of police brutality, name Pokémon after victims https://t.co/BNUhPkGQi4 pic.twitter.com/a63j2tFgP1

— Liz Stark (@stark_talk) October 12, 2017

The Tumblr account for the campaign announced a contest in July 2016 for Pokemon Go players. For the contest, you had to find and train Pokemon near locations of alleged incidents of police brutality as well as name you captured Pokemon after the victim of the incident. …read more

Source:: Heavy.com – Games

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