Russian-linked campaign used Pokemon Go to meddle in election

Elias Hubbard
October 13, 2017

Even the short-lived fervor over the cell phone game Pokémon Go was used as a tool by Russian agents to influence the 2016 presidential election, a new report by CNN has found.

The effort was allegedly centered around a campaign called "Don't Shoot Us", an apparent reference to the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" slogan that became popular after the shooting of Michael Brown.

"It's clear from the images shared with us by CNN that our game assets were appropriated and misused in promotions by third parties without our permission", Niantic, the company behind the game, said in a statement to CNN.

Once the players caught a Pokemon, they were told to change its name to someone who had been a victim of police brutality. The Instagram and Twitter account of the campaign have also been suspended, but the group's YouTube channel and website remain active.

It isn't clear if anyone actually entered the contest, or if any of the promised prizes were awarded, according to CNN. Users were then supposed to email the organization proof of having done so for the chance to win Amazon gift cards.

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