October 17, 2017

Russian-linked campaign used Pokemon Go to meddle in election

13 October 2017, 07:51 | Kevin Scott

Pokemon Snap in real life

Pokemon Snap in real life

Pokemon Go, the popular smartphone game, was the target of Russian agents trying to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, CNN Money reported Thursday.

The report was published on October 12th, 2017 and has no evidence to back up the claims.

Russia's Internet Research Agency created a campaign titled "Don't Shoot Us" which created a platform that appeared to be in line with the Black Lives Matter Movement.

While everyone is still waiting anxiously for the next big in-game event for Pokemon Go, Niantic has given its players something to do. The contest featured a Pokemon named "Eric Garner" as an example.

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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. CNN uncovered YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter pages for Don't Shoot Us as well. An email address associated with the Pokemon Go contest was also used to reach out to reporters to promote protests and give interviews.

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...

Russian Federation used Pokémon Go and social media platforms to try and influence the 2016 presidential election. This "contest" required people to take screen shots from their phone and share over other social networks, not within our game.

Once you snap a photo you like, all you need to do is post it to Instagram with the hashtag #PokemonGOcontest and you'll be entered to win one of ten Pokemon Go Prize Packs, which contains a Pokemon Go Plus bracelet, a poster autographed by the Pokemon Go team, and wireless Bluetooth earbuds.

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