Russia reportedly used Pokémon Go in an bid to irritate secular tensions

Russia’s far-ranging debate to foster contrariety in a United States reportedly enclosed an bid to weaponize Pokémon Go. CNN reported today that in Jul 2016, a Tumblr page associated to Russia’s now-notorious Internet Research Agency promoted a competition enlivening people sensitive to a Black Lives Matter transformation to play a diversion nearby famous sites of military brutality. Players were told to change their characters’ names to a victims of those incidents — an apparent bid to irritate secular tensions.

The Tumblr page was associated to Do Not Shoot Us, a multi-platform debate designed to impersonate aspects of Black Lives Matter. (As CNN notes, a name plays on “hands up, don’t shoot,” one of a movement’s slogans.) Do Not Shoot Us enclosed a website, donotshoot.us, along with associated pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. The Facebook page was one of 470 pages that were private after a association dynamic that it was associated to Russian groups attempting to meddle in US politics.

According to CNN, a group’s Tumblr page enclosed a post display a Pokémon named “Eric Garner,” who died after being put in a chokehold by a officer of a New York Police Department. The post promoted a contest, that betrothed Amazon present cards to a winners, according to a report. CNN could not find justification that anyone indeed participated in a contest, it said, or that a page had distributed a present cards.

The Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts of a organisation have been suspended, CNN said. Its YouTube and Tumblr pages, though, sojourn active — yet a Tumblr page has shifted to posts about Palestine.

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