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13 October 2017, 04:36 | Brandon Parsons
CNN: 'Pokemon Go' was used by Russian trolls to sow discord on social media
The CNN story came after the New York Timesreported 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. The group reportedly posed as a member of the Black Lives Matter movement and used common services like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Tumblr to spread their targeted content. First reported by CNN, their Facebook page was one of the almost 500 accounts that were terminated after their Russian links were exposed.
The Moscow-linked actors appear to be the source of the campaign that had a goal to raise racial tensions by bringing up incidents of police brutality. The group created a contest whereby people would name their Pokémon after a police brutality victim, such as Eric Garner, and then compete to capture gyms with this Pokémon. If Pokemon Go players completed those two tasks, they could send a screenshot to an email in return for supposed prizes, including Amazon gift cards.
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"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".
CNNreports that there is no evidence that anyone actually entered the contest, which kicked off in July 2016, nor any evidence that rewards were given out.
If you want to know more about the Don't Shoot Us troll campaign, be sure to read the entire piece over on CNN.
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