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CNN Purports Russians Used Pokemon Go To Incite Racial Tensions

CNN Purports Russians Used Pokemon Go To Incite Racial Tensions

Russian cyber experts created a Pokemon Go game as part of their attempts to meddle with the United States election, according to an investigation by CNN.

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...

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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".

A source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN that the Don't Shoot Us Facebook page was one of the 470 accounts taken down after the social media company determined they were linked to the IRA.




Questions should be raised if CNN may have created the page themselves and then "discovered" it simply to report on it. One of the Tumblr posts showed a Pokemon character named Eric Garner - an unarmed black man who died after being put in a chokehold by a New York City police officer in 2014.

"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".

According to the CNN Money report, the "Don't Shoot Us" campaign announced a contest on its Tumblr page in July 2016 for Pokemon Go players, encouraging them visit places where alleged police brutality took place - and to give their Pokemon the names of those victims.

CNN said it had no evidence to suggest anyone actually participated in the competition, but said that by promoting the event the Russians may have been attempting to "upset or anger" people living near areas where people had been killed by police. The Don't Shoot Us Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages have been suspended.


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