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13 October 2017, 07:48 | Dale Webster
Pokemon Go announced a global contest of photography and augmented reality
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...
So where does Pokémon Go come into play?
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 reports the Don't Shoot Us Tumblr page also used the popular mobile gamePokémon Go to promote a contest where users could win Amazon gift cards if they go to areas where police brutality incidents took place and name their Pokémon characters after victims of police brutality. The investigation found the Kremlin-linked troll farm operated a Facebook page for a group called "Don't Shoot Us" that purported to be part of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Questions should be raised if CNN may have created the page themselves and then "discovered" it simply to report on it.
The victor of the Pokemon contest would receive an Amazon gift card, the Don't Shoot Us site said.
Russian Federation used Pokémon Go and social media platforms to try and influence the 2016 presidential election.
A group linked to Russian Federation allegedly used Pokemon Go to stir up trouble a year ago in the United States. This "contest" required people to take screen shots from their phone and share over other social networks, not within our game.
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. The Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts have since been suspended but their YouTube and Tumblr pages appear to still be active.
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